Today, for our Saturday practice, the Walnut Hills Track Club delivered empty food drive bags to the neighborhood of Walnut Hills. The food drive is sponsored by the Denver Urban Ministries, and one of the ministers, Brad Laurvick, is our neighbor. He asked me if the club could help with distribution, and of course we decided it was a great idea. Even though I am not the most religious guy in the world, being a positive member of the community is a strong belief of the WHTC. This was a great opportunity for us to "give back", and there was no way we would pass it up.
Friday night, Brad came over with 500 brown paper shopping bags with a note stapled to each one explaining the food drive. Saturday morning, Kateyln, Tyler, Otis and I canvassed the neighborhood, stuffing 500 mailboxes with the donation bags. The workout was a lot harder than one would think. Even though the pace was kept very slow, running up and down front steps, 500 times, makes for a killer quad workout. The kids started out staying on the walkways and sidewalks, but by the end of the 2 hr, 15 min run, they were going "Hardcore Parcour" (h/t "The Office") jumping over fences, and cutting across lawns to cut down the distance between mailboxes. There might not be walnuts in my neighborhood, but there certainly are hills.
However, by the end of the morning, we distributed over 500 bags to local residents, and hopefully, by next Saturday, there will be tons and tons of food for the needy people of Denver. Last year, over 60,000 lbs of food was donated, maybe our little contribution can help bump that number up a bit. Stay tuned for more updates!
P.S. By the middle of the afternoon, Brad told me he already had bags of food dropped off at his house, that's fantastic!