November 12, 2010

Walkathon Hard!

With winter on its way, the "Bread for the City Boutique" is busy getting people into warm clothes. (We gave away almost 150,000 articles of donated clothing last year and are on track to exceed that this year!)

Next week, Bread for the City Grant Writer Ryan Hill will get busy getting out of his clothes.

Ryan is preparing to walk in the Help the Homeless Walkathon on November 20, a fundraiser for which he can choose from one of one of dozens of local organizations that serve homeless individuals. Ryan has selected Bread for the City (of course) as the beneficiary of his walkathon, and we’re excited not just because donations to his personal page will help us do our work; they’ll also result in quite a spectacle. For each donation received in his name, Ryan is volunteering to walk in progressively less clothing. (To an extent -- this is a family-friendly event.)

As of this writing, he’ll be sans hat and scarf. We’re only $30 away from getting him to remove a glove. $300 more and he’ll literally give Bread the shirt off his back. We should note that the average temperature for November 20 in Washington, DC is a chilly 47 degrees, and that it will likely be colder when the walk starts at 9:00am.

Ryan’s not the only one walking for Bread for the City. We’re always joined by a rowdy crowd including staff, volunteers, board members, family members and sundry admirers. Speaking of which, you can donate to me here! My parents came last year and had so much fun they signed up months ago for this year’s walk.

If you’d like to sponsor one of our clients to walk (a great way to cross-promote our healthy lifestyle initiatives!) contact Nathan LaBorie at There’s also a “virtual walker” option for those who live far away or who’d prefer to virtually walkathon in the comfort of their own homes. But if you can make it, join us by signing up at the Walkathon site.

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