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The shirt off your back

I know that not all of you who read my blog posts are runners or walkers or triathletes, but most of you are.  And it’s a well known fact that runners, walkers and triathletes have drawers full of tee-shirts they seldom, if ever wear.  Folks…the people in Haiti don’t even have drawers………. much less tee-shirts to put in them.

I received an email this week from a running Chicago Athlete Magazine requesting that event directors and athletes send new and barely used shirts to their office in Chicago and they will make sure they get sent to Haiti.  Here’s the address:

Chicago Athlete Magazine
7842 N. Lincoln Ave
Skokie, IL 60077

This article appeared in their Ezine: Give the Shirt off your back.

I encourage you and your friends to pool your shirts, head to the post office and use one of the “flat rate” boxes available and mail your shirts to Chicago.

I’m sending all of my left over shirts from The Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon and the Lean Horse Hundred Ultra.

In closing, here are some quotes from various sources about giving……they’re good.  This is the way we need to live our lives everyday, not just in response to disasters.

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.

Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.

He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.
— Samuel Johnson

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. –Bob Hope

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.

A gift, though small, is welcome. — Greek proverb

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Plenty of people are willing to give God credit, yet few are willing to give Him cash.

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.
Heda Bejar

Jerry Dunn