It’s that time of year when we make a list, check it twice and do a little shopping for ourselves in the process (how can turn down those great deals?). But if you find yourself swimming in leggings, sports bras and run tops there’s an alternative to gifting running gear and gadgets. The holidays are a great time to make a donation to a running-related charitable organization. There are countless deserving charities out there that are worthy of our support, here are four that are making a difference through running:
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run Girls on the Run is an amazing charity that uses running to help young girls establish a sense of self and develop healthy relationships with peers and family. “It’s a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.” To make a difference you can donate or volunteer at a local chapter. Find out how to get involved HERE.
Heart Strides is an amazing charity meeting the needs of moms who are caring for a critically ill or special needs child. They provide new running shoes, giving these moms a chance to take care of themselves through running at a time when their focus is on caring for another. “In the midst of chaos, running allows me to be who I want to be for my son, leaving the stress and worry of things that I can’t fix for him on the pavement,” says a Heart Strides Mom. You can help a mom find relief from stress by making a donation HERE. Heart Strides also accepts gently used shoes and running gear.
HavASole founder Ricki Mendias lived in a shelter as a young boy and longed for a new pair of shoes. Now he’s gone back to the same community and helps provide shoes to homeless and disadvantaged. You can follow HavASole’s inspirational Instagram account (@havasole) to see how they are making a difference. And you can make a difference by making a donation of your used shoes. Click HERE for details.
Let Me Run
Similar to Girls on the Run, Let Me Run uses running to encouraged adolescent boys to become confident in their abilities and learn teamwork and relationship building skills. “We hope to reduce the challenges associated with a lack of emotional expression in pre-teen and teenage boys, which can lead to stress, sickness, disease, addiction, and violence.” You can help support the work of Let Me Run by volunteering or making a donation. Find out more HERE.