As many of us tend to do in the beginning of a new year, I decided to set some lofty goals for myself to accomplish. I'm proud to announce that on Sunday, March 17th, I will be completing one of the top goals on my list and will be running the New York City Half-Marathon! Another important item on my 2019 list of goals was to find more ways to give back. Right around the time I signed up for the half-marathon, I had an incredible opportunity to become involved with a charity called New Alternatives for Children (NAC) and thought combining these two new found passions would push me even harder to excel in both.
Many of you are probably wondering what is NAC and who are "NAC kids"? NAC is an organization that helps some of NYC's most vulnerable children: those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse or neglect, live in poverty, and have a profound disability or chronic illness. Fortunately for them, this incredible nonprofit is helping them all. You can learn more by watching the video above or by visiting nackidscan.org which currently has a 2018 year in review video posted in which clips from my time as Santa are featured.
I became involved with NAC in 2017 when I dressed up as Santa and personally handed out presents which were generously donated by my colleagues through a toy drive at work. When I saw the expressions of pure joy on these children’s faces, some of whom have gone through harder experiences than I have in my 24 years of life, I knew I needed to get involved. In January, I was inducted onto their Junior Board and decided there was no better way to start off than by dedicating my half-marathon to helping NAC.
It goes without saying that every single person reading this has a charitable organization that they believe truly has an impact to the world. To me, that organization is NAC. In whatever way you can, whether it be words of encouragement or charitable donations, I'm asking you to help me along my journey of completing this race and raising $2,500 for NAC. To top it all off, for every $10 you donate, I will donate $1 myself.
With the sincerest appreciation, thank you.