Friday, November 2, 2012

Time to GIVE THANKS!


This coming November 11, 2012 I plan to run 8 miles in honor of World Run Day! Now I know that 8 miles isn't 26.2 miles, but taking a little break from the longer mileage and thought 8 miles sounded reasonable.  I recently read about this "day" and was intrigued to see it had so many things about running/life I love.  It is all about promoting running, raising someone's awareness of a charity in need and helping get running into the community.  The charity I've chosen to run for is the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry. World Run Day comes at a perfect time of year- the month in which we GIVE THANKS.  So if you would like to GIVE THANKS and join me in my fundraising RUN you can do so by doing either one or all of the following:

1. RUN with me or by yourself in honor of World Run Day (You can run as little or as much as you want) on Sunday November 11th 12 pm- 8 mile run total out and back from my house
2. writing a check and donating funds to the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry- address to send check to noted below or I'm happy to take checks in when I drop off donations.
3. Donate food noted on the "Food Pantry Wish" list.- I will pick up food from your home or you can drop off donations to my house. I will drop off donations the week following the run.   

The following is a little more information about the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry and also World Run Day.  If you have any questions about the RUN or the food pantry donation please don't hesitate to email or call me.  Hope everyone has a wonderful November full of GIVING THANKS!   Natalie


The Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry (CEFP) offers temporary food assistance to residents who live within the Coralville city limits. Comprised of a group of volunteers from six local churches and members of the community, the CEFP focuses on meeting the needs of the local hungry.  These volunteers have been serving the needs of our community since September 2009.  It is the mission of the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry to engage our community in feeding our neighbors.  Our goal is to foster collaboration with all Coralville residents, businesses and organizations to end hunger in our community. We are thankful for a community which stands by this mission by providing ongoing support.  Those in need of food assistance know they can always depend on the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Facts and Figures:
  • CEFP has helped more than 500 Coralville families in need of food assistance
  • CEFP had a total of 3646 client visits in the last 12 months*
  • 150-180 different families are served each month
  • 1227 unduplicated clients (433 children) were served at least once at CEFP in the last 12 months*
  • CEFP distributes between 7,000-9,000 lbs. of food per month, with almost 85,000 lbs. distributed in the last 12 months*
  • The average family visits CEFP twice a month and receives about 46 lbs. of food per month
  • The number of families served each month has increased 50% in the last 12 months*
  • 94.1% of CEFP annual expenses are food purchases
*12 month period from 7/2010—6/2011

You can send a check made payable to: Any size donation welcome!
Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry (CEFP)
P.O. Box 5523
Coralville, IA 52241
$50 Contribution allows us to help a family of four with groceries for one week
$100 Contribution allows us to help that family for two weeks
$500 Contribution helps purchase meat/chicken for all families for two weeks
$1,000 Contribution buys fresh vegetables for all families for four weeks

Food Pantry Wish List:
We would appreciate all donations, particularly:
  1. Monetary Donations
  2. Canned meats or fish (tuna, chicken, beef or sausage)
  3. Peanut Butter (creamy or chunky, any size)
  4. Stews Or Meals In A Can
  5. Beans (canned Black, Pinto, Chili)
  6. Beans (dried)
  7. Rice (all sizes and varieties)
  8. Hearty Soups
  9. Canned Fruit
  10. Canned Vegetables
  11. Crackers (all types, saltines, oyster, snack crackers)


World Run Day was founded to celebrate the sport of running worldwide. Our mission is to broaden and promote the health benefits of running while also encouraging runners to donate to their own favorite charity on this special day. We support our mission by providing free tools to either individuals or groups who are interested in hosting a World Run Day event in their community. Through a combination of communications to members of the running community, the running industry, and various media outlets, we plan to bring awareness of the event internationally. Our belief is that by gaining attention through a worldwide celebration, we can educate others of the health benefits of running and secure a healthy future for both young and old. World Run Day’s programs and activities are guided by the following goals:

Promote Running — World Run Day works with partner organizations to promote the health benefits of running for all citizens young and old. Recent emphasis has been placed on running as a solution to end childhood obesity. Partnering with running organizations, schools, corporations, and charities occurs throughout the year.

Promote Charitable Giving — World Run Day is committed to having an international day of charitable giving as part of its running event. In many instances there is a lack of funding to help unfortunate people in their circumstances. The running community can help others who are the victims of natural disasters, disease, or any worthy cause embraced by the runner. We specifically request charities to partner with us to celebrate the run-for-charity concept.

Mobilize the Running Community — World Run Day reaches out to partners in the running community that hope to elevate the sport of running in their community while also promoting the benefits of running and providing locations for people to run locally.

Create Event Director Tools — World Run Day creates tools for local event directors to use (free of charge) which help produce a World Run Day event in their location. World Run Day also provides links to other resources that can benefit the event director.

Inspire and engage college students to become running leaders — World Run Day’s campus outreach program is intended to inspire members of a younger generation to lift the torch for youth runners around the globe. Getting runners within colleges and universities to participate is a goal that can combine the efforts of community service with local charity.

Support World Run Day Celebrations around the World — World Run Day November 11, 2012.

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