Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Power of One

This will be my third year participating in Boston's Walk for Hunger! It is a 20 mile walk through Boston and it's suburbs. I started doing it because I enjoy the walk and the city "tour". But the walk raises money for Project Bread - the states leading antihunger organization. Money raised through The Walk for Hunger funds more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs in 128 communities across Massachusetts, including our ownn here in Natick!

This year, we are trying something a little different. Some might argue that we are doing something a little crazy. We can't disagree. Steve, Ben, Ella, Levi and I will be walking as "Team Gerrard". While we are not walking all of the 20 mile course together (that would be crazy), our hope is to combine our efforts to complete 20 miles and cross the finish line together. We want our kids to know that even one person (or family) can make a big difference.

We know that times are hard and many of us have been struck by this bad economy. However, we also know that even one person can make a big difference. Sometimes it feels like our efforts are so insignificant when we see them on the small scale. Think about it - When you are trying to loose weight, would you expect to see huge results immediately? No! It comes off one pound at a time. When we are trying to save for a big expense, we don't wait to have a pile of money to start - we save it $1 at a time. So - we are asking everyone we know to contribute one dollar. Just one. We have a giant money jar (photo above) that we'll but putting it in. Our hope is to collect at least $100 for this great cause. With this project, our kids will be able to tangibly see that lots of "ones" can really add up! Will you help us? If you want to help, please send me an email at and I will send you our mailing address. We hope to collect dollars from friends at the playground, at church, at the workplace - everywhere, so if you are local, just look for us around. :)

We look forward to walking together to help fight hunger. We hope that you will join us! Stay tuned to the blog when we unveil our WFH family T-shirt! Steve it designing it, so it is BOUND to be a hoot! :)

Also, if you are interested in donating to our Walk for Hunger (beyond the $1), please visit my walk webpage here where you will be able to donate via credit card. For more information on other ways to help, please email me! I'd love to tell you about it.

1 comment:

Grace said...

Ah the picture is so cute. Even Levi put up one finger (meaning $1)!