Jesse Willms: Shuffling For Santa
Posted by Jesse Willms on November 22, 2010
What is the Santa Shuffle? It’s actually pretty cool – it’s a 5k run in Edmonton at Hawrelak Park to help benefit the Salvation Army on Dec. 4. It’s going to be pretty cold, but we plan to run our hearts out to keep warm. I’m very proud to be a part of the Santa Shuffle. While the holidays are a time of joy for many of us, it can be a very bad time for the less fortunate. It becomes cold in Edmonton this time of year, and if you are homeless, it’s no time to sleep on the street.
There is also a different misery for someone suffering from poverty to have to watch the rest of us go shopping for presents when they may not have enough money to buy food. That’s why the Salvation Army makes a special effort to help the poor and homeless this time of year. Remember, it’s the season of giving – and if you can afford to buy presents for your loved ones, you can also spare some time or money for our neighbors who are not as lucky.
As many people know, this is not the first time my friends and I have come together to run for non-profit groups. Back in October, we were part of Team Pink and raised $31,000 for breast cancer research at the Run For The Cure.
This time the five of us hope to help raise even more money. Of course, more important than the money we will raise is that we hope our participation will help raise awareness for the Salvation Army and the fight against poverty in our community. It breaks my heart to think of people going hungry around Christmas – a season that should be a time of joy and not misery.
By running together, the Edmonton community is showing that we care about all of the members of our community – not just the wealthy or the middle class.
What I learned when I volunteered at The Mustard Seed food bank is that the less fortunate don’t simply need food and shelter, they need to know that they have not been forgotten.They need to know that they are still people. They need for us to help give them hope for a better future.
So, that’s why I’m going to do the Santa Shuffle – and I hope you will consider coming down and running along with us.
I had a great time on Saturday at the Santa Shuffle. Check out some of my pictures.