Living in Los Angeles, it’s pretty apparent how many people are homeless and have lost everything. There is one man in particular who lives under the bridge right by my apartment, and every time I see him, I always wonder what his story is. I’ve given him money, and I will every time I walk by him, because you never know how he got there, why he is there, or if he’ll ever get out of it. The Midnight Mission is an organization dedicated to helping those who have lost everything. They are celebrating 100 years this year, and are hosting their second annual 5k/10k Run/Walk on Sunday, June 22 in La Canada-Flintridge, Calif. If you are in the area, I highly recommend attending!
This is The Midnight Mission’s Mission Statement:
“The Midnight Mission offers a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-step recovery program, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. We remove obstacles to self-sufficiency and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us.”
I cannot attend this year due to schedule conflict, but I wanted to share about it because it’s such a great cause! Giving to those in need is one of the best things, in my opinion. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” It is one of my all-time favorite quotes! The race is to raise awareness of homelessness in Southern California and advance health and wellness programming.
Here are some details of the race:
When: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Where: Oak Grove Park: 4400 Oak Grove Drive. La Canada-Flintridge, Calif.
Cost: $35 registration for adults/$20 for kids – Register now and use code MIDNIGHT for $5 off your registration
Schedule: 6:00am – 8:00am Bib Pick-up
Awards and Post Race Lunch to Follow
Photos courtesy of the blinkcreativegroup.com
If you choose to participate in the 5k or 10k, I would love to hear about it! Comment below if you are attending, and email any pictures or experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org, if you don’t mind! I would love to share it all with the people of The Midnight Mission.
Good luck to everyone participating! 🙂
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