Saturday, December 3, 2016

Will run for food

Yellow Donkeys "run for hunger"
Courtesy: Tom Harness
By Kevin Hunsperger
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A couple of years ago I joined a running group here in southern Illinois called the Yellow Donkeys. Not only is this a supportive group of runners, but also many are my friends. Earlier this year the Yellow Donkeys became a non-profit group and is set on helping members of the community.

Some Donkeys in action
Courtesy: Brian Flath
The group wrapped up the unofficial week of giving with a Run for Hunger. Members and folks in the area were invited to run or walk with the Donkeys and bring some non-perishable food items or cash. The food and money were evenly divided and distributed to the Good Samaritan House in Carbondale and Saluki Food Pantry on the SIU campus.

Just a fraction of the food collected
After all the items were collected we headed out for a brisk run in the 30 something degree weather. Yes, it was chilly, but the Donkeys were on an important mission. I felt a sense of proud that warmed my heart as I ran the course. It was great seeing so many friends out supporting the cause. 

Today's event reminds me it doesn't take much to make a difference in your community. You may not be able to organize a food drive or donate a mountain of cash, but that's okay. Dropping off a few things at the food pantry in your community or some spare change in the Salvation Army's Red Kettle will make someone's holiday season a little brighter. 

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