It’s the time of year again when we start to feel the cold, breezy air, see glistening and colorful lights, and hear carols that melts our hearts – Christmas is definitely just a few days away. With just a month and some days left before my favorite holiday of the year, people seem to already be extra loving, kind, forgiving, and generous. This season definitely brings a different kind of vibe for a lot of us. If you’re anything like me who loves Christmas season – you’d know exactly why this touches my heart. I may be too old for the excitement that gifts bring, but the special feels of showing love to others and feeling love from around me – families, friends, or even those we barely know – is what touches me. There’s just something about this season that makes everyone treat each other extra special. I wish it stays all the year round. Such sweet place it’d be to live in if we act in Christmas-y feels. This year’s Christmas season is extra special. Apart from celebrating it first time with our our baby girl Oona, my family and I are devoting a part of our time to participate in what we consider a very noteworthy activity. It’s the Hope Run 2016: A Run for Children with Special Needs happening on December 11, 2016 at the BGC grounds.
Every registration comes with a race bib, a loot bag, singlet and a hero’s cape because together we will all be heroes for these beloved children. Registrations are available at various partner sites or you may visit the official Facebook page (HopeRun2016) and website (www.hopemarathonph.com) for further details. Aside from it being a fun and healthy way to bond with friends and families, your participation in the Hope Run 2016 will be a huge help to several children with special needs and their families. This noteworthy fund-raising event aims to generate a particular amount of money to put up a foundation called KID’s HOPE that will cater to the developmental needs of children with special needs at subsidized or sponsored tuition costs, specifically focused on lesser financially able families. My organizer-friend and a licensed Occupational Therapist herself shared how costly it could get parents of children with special needs to send their kids to a decent therapy session for a specific period of time. If the regular school tuition already costs a lot these days, you could just imagine that of those that cater to children special needs. What better way to welcome the season than doing something special for these children who also need our love and support. The Psalmist in the bible specifically identified children to be a gift from God that He gave to parents as precious gifts. Like any other children, they, too, are deserving of our time and special love whether it’s Christmas season or not. Psalm 127:3 (NLT) “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Who says we need super powers to be heroes? We all can be on December 11th as we come out, wear our capes, and run for the children with special needs.