by Bjorn Watland
On the afternoon of Saturday, December 6th, five atheists braved chilly temperatures and blustery winds to participate in the 3rd Annual Santa Run to Benefit Legal Aid. Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, a secular organization providing legal aid to low income and disabled Minnesotans, received over $600 in donations collected by five proud members of Minnesota Atheists: Jack Caravela, Bonnie Marsick, Vanita Mishra, Bjorn Watland and Jeannette Watland.
The atheists stood out of the pack of people dressed as Santa and others dressed as dreidels by donning lab coats and protective goggles. The back of the lab coats had the Minnesota Atheists name, logo, and slogan, "Positive Atheism In Action!" Only positive comments were made about the group's involvement and one Santa expressed interest in running with our group next year. Because of the success of this year's event, Minnesota Atheists may make a tradition of participating in the Santa Run to Benefit Legal Aid in the future.