Kids for Congo

Today was cold, and I think it’s starting to snow out there, but it was such a great morning.

I have an amazing friend, Lacey, who is such an example to me of passion and commitment and compassion.  She is one of the most selfless people I know.

Mostly, she is an example to me of the difference one person can make.

She is running a marathon soon, and has already raised more than enough to sponsor two Congolese women through Women for Women International.  (Amazing!)

Today she held a fun run for kids, to help them have a chance to raise money and do something for the women in the Congo.  It was wonderful!

While I was running with one of my daughters, my four-year-old talked constantly about the people in the Congo, and that she was going to keep running even though she was cold, because she wanted to help them.  It was so moving.

Even my little three year old, plodding along, just kept saying, “Congo women!  Congo women!” over and over.

As I ran, gigantic baby in arms, I couldn’t help but think of those mothers, so far away, who I love so much.

Lacey made each child a medal, with fabric dyed by women in Congo.   My children have been so thrilled to have it!

I am so grateful my children had this opportunity.

One woman can change anything!

3 Responses

  1. What a great experience!

    April 23, 2011 at 6:32 pm

  2. What a wonderful idea! :) How great for children to live outside of themselves. They are such good examples, because they already know how to do that–it’s us adults that forget to see the divinity in everyone!

    I’m so excited for them! :) How lovely!!

    (also, I finally have internet again! We’re moved in!!)

    April 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  3. Debbie Domenici

    What a wonderful idea and how wonderful for your girls to participate. We are preparing for the Run for Congo Women this weekend and Kenzie is so excited to go. I have also met with one of the local refugee organizations to start volunteering (thanks to your wonderful example). Thank you for the inspiration!

    June 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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