Super Guadalupe River 5K Recap

Last weekend Rachel’s family and I had the opportunity to participate in the Super Guadalupe River Run 5K.

This is such a fun and easy way to get the family outdoors, moving together and support the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy at the same timeAll the money for participation goes to supporting the parks and the conservancy. My little family had been taken down by the flu the previous week so not all of us were able to make it, but luckily, we were still able to make a donation by registering on their behalf.

There were three options for races; 1K – for the kids, 5K – for the walkers or new to running folks, and a 10K – for the seasoned runners. We, as a group, opted for the 5K so the kids could run with Rachel’s husband, Francisco, and this lady could try to keep up with speed-walker Rachel. LOL…

The race was fun and only the 2nd 5K I have ever participated in, and the first for my son, Brayden, and I believe the first for Rachel and her family. The kids were so excited to get their racing bibs and then at the end, their t-shirts and their very own fancy race medals! I know with my son, who is super competitive, this lit a spark for him and he has been asking to do another 5K ever since!

After we completed the race we were able to enjoy the Rotary Play Garden that was located right next door to the race day activities. I have been wanting to check out this new park for a while now and glad we did because it was not only a big hit with the kids, but it was so beautiful to look at and the story behind it really touched my heart.

The Rotary Play Garden is one of the few public parks in Santa Clara County where children with special needs can play on the playground equipment alongside their families and friends without disabilities. The $6 million Play Garden enables children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends and is maintained by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy staff and volunteers, in-kind donations, and fee-for-service contracts.

We were able to talk to the kids about how the money we spent to purchase our registration for the race was not only supporting the land we saw while on the race, but parks like the Rotary Play Garden that enriches the lives of kids like them and those with disabilities that traditional parks aren’t properly equipped for.

All in all, I would say that the morning was a HUGE success and hopefully next year we can do it all again!

Below you will find some pictures from the race and the Rotary Play Garden. Enjoy! #kindcooperative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LifeMoves Mission Recap

We are already into February of this new year. Time flies! Rachel and I have a goal of recapping each monthly mission once it is completed to show our kids, those who participated and community here what a Kind impact we all had for those in need during each month.

We started our Finding Kindness Project back in December 2016 with our first mission, Fighting Hunger with the Second Harvest Food Bank. However, the holiday season is an extremely busy time of year for food banks and we have yet to hear back regarding actually how much poundage we were able to donate back in December. I can only imagine how busy they must be getting back to everyone and as long as our food was put to good use, we all win.

This past month’s mission was Clothing the Homeless with LifeMoves and I am happy to report, Rachel and I were able to see exactly how far our Kindness stretched this time….

With the thoughtful donations from friends and family, with the help of our children, their classmates and friends and with the hard work of a special Girl Scout Troop, Rachel and I were able to deliver over 50 large black garbage bags FULL of clothing donations, toys, baby supplies, toiletries, household supplies, canned food donations, elderly care supplies, etc. to LifeMoves this past Tuesday.

While we were there for our donation delivery, we were able to take a few minutes and talk to the workers and even some people who will be benefiting from our donations. We met a woman named Adriana who lives and works at LifeMoves and we were able to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves, hear her story about why she is grateful for LifeMoves and how they differ from other shelters around the area. We even had time to share with her what we, as parents, are trying to do with our children with the Finding Kindness Project.

Even though our children were not able to be present during the donation delivery, they were able to be apart of this mission in a very tangible way. They were able to go through all their clothes themselves and decided what and why they wanted to donate certain items, they were the ones sorting all the clothes and organizing them into categories, they were the ones that bagged each item and labeled the bags appropriately, and finally, they were the ones that loaded the bags into our cars for delivery.

Each little step and monthly mission is a brick in the foundation of Kindness in our children and THAT I am very proud of. Keep up the good work friends and below are some pictures from our sorting party and donation delivery. Enjoy! #kindcooperative