Update on Haiti

It’s been awhile since I’ve filled y’all in on my Haiti trip so I figured today was the perfect day!

If you’re new to my blog, you can check out the initial details of my upcoming trip here or here. 

First of all, I’m happy to tell you that my plane ticket has been purchased and all of my liability paperwork is signed, sealed and delivered to the appropriate people. Since we will be spending the first few days in the Dominican Republic before heading to Haiti, we had to search for flights into Puerto Plata. Turns out, those are a pain when you’re flying in from Denver!

Snapshot of the 2011 Marathon

The majority of the other volunteers seem to be arriving from Chicago so we were all shooting to meet up in Miami before catching our final flight to POP. Yeah, that didn’t work so well for us Colorado kids. Angel and I found one flight that accommodated that schedule but it required a red-eye flight and an additional 12 hours of travel. As much fun as it would be to get to know the other volunteers on the flight to the Dominican, Angel and I both voted for a more relaxed traveling schedule. Instead, we will both be catching a flight to Newark on the night of the 15th, grabbing a hotel overnight for our 13-hour “layover”, and then flying direct from Newark to POP. Much better!

However, more important than our traveling schedule is the generosity of my readers, my twitter followers, my friends and the companies that I have been fortunate enough to work with over the past year. Because of all of you, I was able to easily raise $1,150 towards my $1000 fundraising goal! In addition, because of Will’s generous contribution from his photography, we were also able to help push Angel over HER fundraising target! Y’all, there are no words. Seriously, I appreciate your support and donations more than you can even imagine, and I know the kids down in Haiti do too.

One of the kiddos at the school that your donations will be helping

And, if we’re going to talk about instances where I have been shocked by the kindness of strangers, let’s talk about another one. I was beyond ecstatic when I received the following box in the mail:

Yes, that is a box of shoes that my new favorite reader Maili sent to me! She remembered that I was collecting any used running shoes for the local Haitians, so she packed some up and shipped them to me. I was very puzzled when the box arrived since I hadn’t expected a package, but the shoes put the biggest smile on my face. If any of you have any used running shoes that you’d like to donate, please shoot me an email at JustAColoradoGal@gmail.com. We’ll get things sorted out.

Thank you, Maili!!!

If you’re a blogger, what is the nicest thing a reader has done for you?


  • Reply Erica House at

    As a blogger the best thing anyone’s done for me is write me a ‘thank you’ email. I’ve had a few since I started from people thanking me for putting myself out there, and saying that something I wrote really touched them. That’s the best feeling in the world!

  • Reply Big Daddy Diesel at

    The nicest thing bloggers have done for me is becoming a friend, I am not talking about leaving comments or FB post, I am talking about, hanging out, having fun, having someone to talk to. Some people may think that is corny, but it is something I cherish

    • Reply Colorado Gal at

      Agreed. I have a few blogger contacts that have become real-life friends 🙂

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    I need to mail my shoes. I keep forgetting! When is your trip??? In Jan, right?

  • Reply Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog at

    I should put the sort on my shoes, I have so many right now! I had a fellow blogger send my dog a care package when he got hit by a truck. Loved that. People are so generously awesome when given the chance.

  • Reply Fit-ABulous at

    I just came over to your blog from Will Run for Margaritas and I am so glad I did! That is amazing what you are doing and I look forward to reading more about your journey.

  • Reply Ed at

    Awesome trip and I am really excited for you…very glad you hit your financial goals! Doing a real cool thing 😉

  • Reply misszippy at

    You are so cool doing this! Really love it. Glad you are all set with the travel arrangements. And I need to get some shoes to you!!!

  • Reply Alyssa at

    That is fantastic! It’s so exciting when everything starts coming together. Well done on overachieving on your fundraising goal!

  • Reply Cait the Arty Runnerchick at

    wat an amazing opportunity u had to go to haiti and i kno how much of a difference ur presence made there. and that is SO sweet that even a blogger buddy helped u with those shoes…so awesome! 🙂

  • Reply Miz at

    SO SO SO SO HAPPY for you.


  • Reply greengirlrunning at

    You are the sweetest!!! I just found another couple pairs that I’m going to send 🙂 So excited for your trip!

  • Reply Suz and Allan at

    Yay, I’m so glad you exceeded your fundraising goal! Haiti is going to be such an epic experience and I know you will have a wonderful time and make such a difference in so many lives.

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