There is a humanitarian crisis along the southern border of the United States.
The British Red Cross has a fundraising program called "Miles for Refugees," which is a way for runners like me to help migrants seeking asylum in Britain. The American Red Cross does help migrants along the southern border, but they don't have a similar fundraiser, so I'm making my own.
Over the next year, I'm pledging to run 1179 miles -- that's a little more than 22 miles per week.
Why 1179 miles? Because that's the distance between Playa Grande, Guatemala and Brownsville, Texas. Guatemalan refugees are one of the largest refugee groups seeking asylum in the United States. Brownsville is in the Rio Grande Valley, where many refugees make that dangerous crossing.
Over the next year, I'm seeking to raise $1000 to help refugees and asylum seekers. The money will go directly to the American Red Cross, which provides material support to organizations that help migrants and refugees. The Red Cross also has a longstanding international program for reuniting separated family members.
It's easy to feel powerless in the face of deliberate, organized, government-sponsored cruelty. But enough drops in the bucket will eventually fill that bucket. And by donating to internationally-recognized organizations with a demonstrated track record, you can be sure that you are actually being part of the solution.
So, what do you think? Will you help me to raise money to help migrants and refugees?