Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Speaking of the Boston Marathon...

... I am running it this year. I think I mentioned that already. I got sucked into the vortex by the Managing Director of the Women's Lunch Place, which provides specialized services to homeless and deeply poor women. And let me tell you, if you hadn't considered that, you should. Imagine being homeless and having nowhere to sleep? To shower? I mean... HOW DO YOU KEEP SAFE??? Yeah. That's what I am talking about.

So, my goal minimum is to raise $5000.
Yes. FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS by April 20th, Marathon Day.

So, this is where I start soliciting and asking and begging and groveling for donations.
From all of YOU!
All of my lucky friends.
This is a chance to spread good karma.

If you want to give any amount, let me know.
You can donate in a couple of ways.
  1. Write a check made out to "Women's Lunch Place".
    In the Memo Line, be sure to write “Team WLP” and "Julia Kim".
    Example: Team WLP – Julia Kim

    Mail checks to:
    Women’s Lunch Place
    Attention: Team WLP
    P.O. Box 1130
    Boston, MA 02117
  2. Donate directly online at:
    Complete the following sections of the “Online Registration: Make a gift or register for an event” page and then select submit.
    • Contact Information – All starred (*)
    • Donation Information
      • “Donation Amount”
      • “Marathon Runner” - Enter Julia Kim
      • Payment Information: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted
    • Other Information: PLEASE remember that your donation can be doubled or tripled using Corporate Match
    • Security Code
If you are on my list of known friends and I have your postal address, I will be sending you the following letter with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If I only have your email address, then I will send it as an attachment in an email.

Here is the donation request letter:

January 5, 2009


As we start the New Year with fresh resolve and renewed hope for prosperity and success, I am asking for your support as I run the Boston Marathon on April 20 for a very worthwhile and important charity, the Women’s Lunch Place ( in Boston, which is committed to helping poor and homeless women in the Boston area. As a member of the WLP Team, I am charged with raising $5,000 by Marathon Day – April 20th. And I am requesting your help and support.

I have run over 50 marathons and half marathons, and countless races of other distances. I have run the Boston Marathon as a Charity Runner 5 times, vowing each time “never again” until the next good cause. And the WLP is exceptional in that they provide a safe, comfortable, daytime shelter, nutritious food and services for women and their children who are homeless or poor. The WLP treats women with dignity and respect, fostering a community that is committed to meeting each woman’s needs – on their terms, whatever that may mean.

The last few months have been tough for all of us, and during tough times, we all turn inward and charitable giving declines. But tough times stress social services the most and more people than ever require help.

Imagine being homeless, moving from shelter to shelter, scrapping for the most basic of necessities – food, clothing, a place to sleep, warmth… Visualize dark nights, loneliness. Now, imagine yourself as a woman. Maybe you have children. How will you keep yourself safe? Safety is a highly pressing issue for homeless women, requiring specialized services.

Your generous donation translates to hot meals, a nap room where women can sleep without fear, a place to shower, clothing, outreach and placement services, advocacy, an email address, and a physical address, which is a key component to getting a job and back on one’s feet.

My minimum fundraising requirement is $5000 by April 20th. So, I am asking for your generous tax-deductible donation for a worthy cause. And the homeless women of Boston would be grateful for any amount you can afford.

Thank you for your generosity and help!

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Blogger Cheryl said...

If I were homeless, I would live with you. Joe says it's ok.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

An excellent cause. Count me in. On payday, I'll send something. Probably won't be much, but I know that every little (and I do mean little) bit helps.

Paul Nichols

8:16 PM  

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