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    Christmas is a time of giving, and throughout Louisville so many people donate their time, efforts, and possessions to causes that benefit those less fortunate than themselves. 

    True charity is achieved through building relationships, by viewing yourself on the same plane as the person that you and your gifts are helping. So have you ever wanted the opportunity to meet with the people that your donations are benefiting?

    Team Sweaty Sheep, a local nonprofit organization that seeks to reach to people through athletics is offering this opportunity.

    Saturday, December 22 at 3:30, Sweaty Sheep is hosting their inaugural Merry Christmas 5k. The proceeds from this race will benefit the outreach of different homeless shelters such as Wayside Christian Mission, Jefferson Street Baptist, Lost Sheep of Louisville, and Salvation Army. However, after the race, participants come together with members of Louisville’s homeless community for a dinner and Christmas worship service. 

    Sweaty Sheep has already tapped into Louisville’s amazing running community and collected hundreds of drawstring backpacks that are often handed out after races; these bags will be filled with items such as socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and toiletry items and distributed to the homeless who are at the event. 

    This Sunday members of Sweaty Sheep had the opportunity to attend a worship service at Waterfront specifically for the homeless. Coming away from what was an incredibly humbling experience- combined with increased awareness and enthusiasm from additional shelters, and other shelter visits planned this week- Sweaty Sheep is blessed in the sense that their Merry Christmas 5k may be reaching out to more members of the homeless community than they had initially anticipated.

    This is a fantastic realization, but this also provides the very real problem of needing enough donations, like the ones mentioned above, to go around.

    So here’s the deal, you can register for the race at for only $10. You can donate items to fill the backpacks, and drop these off at Fleet Feet Sports. Come to the race Saturday, run and have a great time. Then stay for dinner and build real community with the people that your donations are helping. 

    Engage in real charity and make this a special Christmas for not only those who are less fortunate, but for yourself as well.

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    About Ashlie Danielle Stevens

    I am a freelance food, arts and culture writer. Among other publications, my work has appeared at The Atlantic’s CityLab, Eater, Slate, Salon, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and National Geographic’s food blog, The Plate.

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