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Live On, Give On: 5 Ways You Can Give Back | $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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Thanks to Medtronic for sponsoring today’s discussion.

Runners are inspiring.

It’s not cliche to say it: it’s fact.

I’ve met so many people with amazing stories behind why they run.? I’m sure you have seen them too.

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Yanni Robel: Survivor and Awesome Person. Click image to donate to LLS.

How many times have you seen the purple Team in Training jerseys on the course with SURVIVOR printed on the back?

Or hear about the parent who started running to be an inspiration to their children?

Or those folks who had true medical obstacles that might have stopped some people from moving forward, but they chose to run on and change their lives?

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They run because they CAN.? And often they use their sport and their passion to give back to others.

When I was given this opportunity to talk about Medtronic and the Bakken Invitation it reminded me that change doesn’t have to be some grand movement.? Small acts of giving can make a huge impact.

Looking locally I see a lot that I can do (and you can too!) to help change the world.? I’ll get to that in a moment.

But first let’s check out what these 10 amazing folks are doing around the world to change their communities.

Medtronic chose 10 Honorees this year.? Each has a specific lesson they learned through their health scares.

give onYou’ll want to go read all of them as each is as inspiring as the next.

These people experienced life-altering medical conditions that might have been their excuse to give up.? Instead, they took their passions to a whole new level.

They chose to #LiveOnGiveOn.

David Watkins’ story spoke to me.

legacy davidAfter a series of heart surgeries and even a stroke, David began working on the Ironheart Foundation.

The Ironheart Foundation is his legacy: using the power of sport to help others live their dreams.

Runners are often seen as selfish people who spend time & financial resources solely on themselves in pursuit of our sport.? Runners are so much more than that as David proves.? We are a community that gives back to others.

How can you give back?

Here’s 5 Easy Ways to Make a Difference In Your Community.

  1. Clean Out Your Closets & Pantries.
    Those old blankets could be donated to a homeless shelter.? Shoes your kids outgrew in 2 months?? Plenty of life left in those: see if a women’s shelter can make use of them for families that arrive with little possessions in crisis.? Old dishes and plates?? Donate before you dump.? Here’s a small list of places to consider for your household goods donations:? Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill Industries, Union Rescue Mission, Waterfront Rescue Mission
  2. Don’t Forget the Animals!
    Animal shelters are always in need.? Donate food, kitty litter, blankets, pet toys, and of course, money.
  3. ?Share the Lovies.
    We go a bit overboard with anything that’s soft and fluffy.?? We have Lovies to spare.? Consider giving? some away to help children who find themselves in confusing and stressful situations.? Many law enforcement locations will accept your gently used donations of stuffed animals.? They keep them in their cruisers and hand out to the little guys they meet at scenes who might need something to hug.
  4. ?Spare Change.
    My family was hosted by the Ronald Mc Donald House in Nashville, Tennessee, when my son was sick.? While he was in the hospital, we needed to stay close.? The Ronald Mc Donald House was free.? And it was welcoming.? And it was home.
    rmdhNext time you go through the drive thru, consider slipping your change into the collection box outside the window.? It makes a huge difference for families with sick children.? HUGE.
  5. Involve Your Family
    As a young girl I remember my mom taking us to senior homes and animal shelters.? Often we went to the animal shelter first, picked up some frisky friends, and took them over to the senior homes.? We let them pet and hold the animals.? For people who do not get a lot of visitors seeing a bunch of young, active, and vibrant kids simply made their day.? Children and puppies:? a magical combination every time.? I wasn’t always happy about going, but I was always so glad I went!

Now I want to hear from you.

What ideas do you have to #LiveOnGiveOn this year??

Medatronic is offering $100 Visa gift card to hear your ideas on how to improve your community.? The winner can use the gift card in whatever way they think will help their community!

Participants must be 18 years or older and be US based.

Be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter below and comment on this post for entry.

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Monday 5th of January 2015

Who won? :)


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

The winner has been contacted already! Thanks for participating!

amy pugmire

Thursday 25th of December 2014

I would love to donate it to the school or a local shelter. (for supplies or food)

Dawn Keenan

Thursday 25th of December 2014

I loved Igors story about educating people about heart disease. I think I might use the money to help with that cause here at home in the states.

Tabathia B

Thursday 25th of December 2014

I would support the local ronald mcdonald house by purchasing items on their wish list. I like Gretchen Merritt's story

Kelly D

Wednesday 24th of December 2014

The story of Krystal Boyea inspires me. If I won, I would buy food for our local food pantry.

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