Monday, November 26, 2007

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

"Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." - Dale Evans

In my training world, it's the off-season: A time to begin dreaming big dreams, focus on skill development, and plan for the year ahead.

In the world of Genesis Home and other shelters, food banks, and crisis organizations, it's the on-season: A time when folks feel particularly called to volunteer, donate food, and sponsor families for the holidays. While this outpouring of generosity is certainly appreciated, it's actually needed in July just as much - if not more- than it is in December.

Just as we continue training in the off-season, our local human service agencies need our help all year long. As I plan out my 2008 race season, I hope that we'll all plan out our 2008 giving season - one that extends well beyond this month.