This past summer, Aldie Anderson pulled up to The Home’s East Dedham Street location with a group of colleagues from STAG Industrial. They had arrived to give the office suite a much-needed makeover and would spend the day renovating multiple spaces for our staff.
Aldie spent hours painting, prepping and cleaning that day as a first-time volunteer with The Home. A mere few months later, he would take his support for The Home to a whole new level and apply to run the 128th Boston Marathon for the children and families in our care.
Since his adolescence, Aldie has prioritized volunteering and finding ways to make a positive impact on his community. His interest in giving back emerged in high school when he and his classmates became involved in cooking and delivering meals to a local shelter. He went on to support Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vermont, a charity that provides shelter, educational resources and other essentials to children and women working to get back on their feet. In 2019, Aldie’s mom, a seasoned marathon runner herself, encouraged him to sign up for his first half marathon to raise money for the organization. They completed that race together, and Aldie’s love for the experience took off.
This passion for philanthropy and running most recently took him to Washington D.C., to run for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes in the Marine Corps Marathon. While Aldie approaches every fundraiser and race with the utmost enthusiasm, he is especially excited to fulfill his lifelong dream of running The Boston Marathon for an organization that uplifts children and strengthens families in his own community.
“I don’t listen to music when I run, so my mind wanders a lot,” says Aldie. “When I’m training, the kids at The Home pop into my head, and that encourages me to run harder.”
Now a South Boston resident, Aldie can be spotted training around Castle Island and Dorchester Bay, along the Charles River, or when he can slip away from the city, up in Vermont on peaceful dirt roads.
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