Races to fill Immanuel Lutheran pantry shelves
September 19, 2012 1:40PM
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:39PM
Have you come home from work and said, “I am soo hungry, I could eat almost anything”?
Or have your kids gotten home from school with, “Mom, I’m starving!?”
There are many youngsters and families in our county that truly can say that as their cupboards are bare. The number of people who are struggling to keep food on the table has grown dramatically with our slowed-down economy.
That’s the reason for Valparaiso’s Immanuel Lutheran Church (1700 Monticello Park Drive) to host a 10k run and a one-mile kids fun run Sept. 29 — to help fill the shelves in the food pantry. The church has been a Northwest Indiana food bank for 25 years, and each year the need seems to grow.
In 2011, 54.3 tons of food were supplied to keep families from hunger, and $36,000 assisted in necessities for more than 6,000 families.
There is still time to register for this very necessary event online at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.immanuelvalpo.org.
The cost for the 8 a.m. one-mile kids run is $15, and the competitive 10k run is $30, including a race shirt. It begins at 8:30 a.m.
The unique awards are handmade in copper by a local artist, and the top three runners in each age group will be receiving these special awards. Even the winning youngsters will receive the awards.
And of course, there will be food and drink for all runners.
What a wonderful way to enjoy a race and be part of the “assistance” for our neighbors in need.
Of course, if you aren’t a runner, the food pantry would graciously accept a bag or two of groceries to help fill their shelves.
Did you know that September is National Recovery Month, and the faith-based Frontline Foundation in Chesterton is front and center to assist addicts with a positive approach to recovery?
After you or your family members and friends finish the run for the food pantry, drive over to Centennial Park in Chesterton and join in the Hooked on Art Festival that Frontline is sponsoring.
Admission is free, and there will be all kinds of activities to enjoy.
According to director Amber Hensell, Frontline highlights the positives taking place for their clients, and celebrates the good things in their lives as they work through prevention methods. That is what this festival is all about.
There will be live artists painting, sculpting, drawing and more in a variety of art forms. And of course, there will be food vendors, so you won’t have to go home and cook.
Many of the activities will be interactive, and are family oriented, so bring the kids.
Most of the local and Chicago area artists are donating their art for an auction to be held at the park.
One of the neatest parts of the festival will be that families will be able to pick out their own pumpkins ($5), and there will be gobs of free paints, sequins, animal faces, eyeglasses, and more to decorate them.
There will also be an information table, so that we can learn more about the reason “It’s Worth It” — a booklet for the recovery month celebration — and fliers explaining the excellent Frontline program.
Proceeds from the festival will assist those in need of their services with program scholarships.
There is still a need for volunteers for the festival, so if you can spare a few hours, please call 728-1638.
Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.
Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.