I love walking, but in the winter in the Sierra Valley it’s challenging. Sub-freezing temperatures. Snow. Ice. Shorter daylight hours. You just have to have the proper gear and, just as important, a determined mindset. It’s good to get outdoors and alleviate that S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) stuff.
However, if you walk in the Reno area, especially near the downtown, you see folks who’d probably rather not be out in the cold–folks who not only have to walk in the cold but also have to eat, pass the time, and sleep there as well.
One of the area’s most successful programs in the Reno area that not only feeds and shelters the homeless but also guides them through a life-changing program that makes them productive citizens again is the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission.
And one way you can directly help the mission of the Mission is through the annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes. The cost is just $30 ($25/each for groups of four or more). It starts at 9 a.m. at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno and proceeds one mile to the Mission; you can choose to walk back or get a shuttle provided by the Mission. At the end of this blog is a registration form with more info or you could call the Mission at 775-323-0386 to register via PayPal. You can even just show up that morning.
Hope to see you there! Even if it’s cold, the walk will warm your heart.
P.S. If you’re not near Reno, maybe there’s a similar kind of fundraiser that you could support in your own community.