On April 15th I’ll be running the Boston Marathon. This will be my 3rd Boston and my 7th marathon overall. I have special memories of each race and this year I would like to add something new to the story. I plan to run in support of Hope & Comfort, a local non-profit organization that collects and distributes essential personal hygiene products to kids and young adults in need in the Greater Boston area.
I’ve been on the Hope & Comfort board for a few years and I’ve seen the team there make a significant impact on a problem many of us didn’t even know existed. Astonishingly, basic hygiene products are not covered by SNAP, the Massachusetts food stamp program. This means that parents often times cannot afford soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, or deodorant after paying for food, rent, and heat, etc. I’m sure you take those simple products for granted, but imagine how the lack of soap or toothpaste would negatively affect the health and well-being of a child. The health impact is obvious, but consider also their sense of self confidence and empowerment as they live without these basic products.
Hope & Comfort works through school systems, with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Boston, and with local food pantries, including A Place to Turn in Natick and many others in and around Boston. In 2018 we distributed over 300,000 items and we are projecting to distribute 500,000 items in 2019 and a million items in 2020. The need is clearly great and Hope & Comfort meets this need with a lean and super-efficient team. They consist of only a director and an operations manager, supported by a very active board and hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. As you can imagine, funding the operation of this great organization and acquiring the products takes money. That’s where you can help.
Since I am not running as part of an official “team-in-training” I do not have a required dollar amount to raise. I am asking you to consider any gift to help support Hope & Comfort’s mission. The link below will take you to Hope & Comfort’s website if you’d like to learn more. Thank you for your consideration and support. http://hopeandcomfort.org/