This is my FIFTH year running races on behalf of my dad—an Army vet—Dave C. Rusinack. I call my mission: Operation DCR. And my purpose is to raise money for a non-profit veteran organization.
Thank you, thank you!
If you've ever been around my dad, you've probably heard him say, “thank you, thank you!” In honor of Dad's appreciation, I'm raising funds for Operation Gratitude. It's an organization that enables donors to say thank you to service members and first responders by giving money or time filling care packages containing food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus hand-written letters of appreciation.
A $15 donation will send a care package to a service member deployed overseas or 3 care kits to first responders here at home.
My goal is to raise $1,000, which will send about 70 care packages to service members deployed overseas or about 210 care packages to first responders here in the US. 100% of your donation will go directly to Operation Gratitude, and is tax deductible.
This year, I'll be running back-to-back half marathons, two marathons (TWO weeks apart no less), and a 10-miler.
*Orca Half Marathon (Sept 22)
* Bellingham Bay Half Marathon (Sept 29)
* Chicago Marathon (Oct 13)
* Marine Corps Marathon (Oct 27)
* Veteran's Day 10-miler Virtual Run
That’s 89 miles total. (Not counting all the miles put in while training all summer long.) I would run a million more if it meant my dad could be there to see the finish line.
A little more about Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ individually addressed care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers.Each package contains food, hygiene, entertainment and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Care Package Assembly Events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” through active, hands-on Volunteerism.