UNION — The Union County Junior Charity League is enlisting the aid of local runners and Santa Claus to help raise funds for local charities this weekend.
On Saturday, the League is holding its Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and League President Letha King said the run/walk, which will begin and end at the Timken Sports Complex, will be unique.
“This is our first fall Turkey Trot,” King said Thursday. “We’ve done 5Ks for several years, but now we are doing them in the fall as well as in the spring.
“The thing that is going to set our 5Ks apart from any other race in Union County is that we have an official time system as well as a USA Track and Field certified course.”
Registration is at 7:30 a.m. at the Timken Sports Complex main entrance with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee the day of the run/walk is $25.
King said that as of Thursday morning approximately 60 people had signed up to participate. She said that plans are to provide each runner with a Turkey Trot t-shirt.
The League is also asking that runners bring at least one canned food item to benefit a local food pantry during the holiday season.
League Projects Chair Sarah Holcombe said that the canned good collected will be donated to the Salvation Army.
Cookies With Santa
On Sunday, the League will hold “Cookies With Santa” from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Tabernacle Family Life Center.
League Provisionals Director Leann Davis said the event will be an opportunity for children to meet, talk to, and have cookies with Santa Claus.
“Cookies With Santa is where we have Santa come in and have cookies with the kids,” Davis said Thursday. “They get to each sit down with Santa and eat cookies and talk to him.”
In addition, Davis said the children and their families will get to take home with them plenty of visual memories of the meeting with Santa.
“They will also get a disc of photos with him that they can take home with them,” Davis said. “They will get multiple photos of him unlike at the mall where they would only get one.”
Davis added that the children’s meeting with Santa and the disc of photos they will be able to take home with them will cost only $10 compared to the $20-25 she said it would cost at a mall.
Parents who want their children to have Cookies With Santa can bring them the Tabernacle Family Life Center where the tickets to the event will be sold. Davis said that when a parent buys their child a ticket, the child will then be taken back to meet with Santa and have cookies.
Junior Charity League
King said that all the funds raised from Saturday’s Turkey Trot and Sunday’s Cookies With Santa will go to local charities.
“The funds raised will stay in Union County,” King said. “They go for scholarships and other service organizations we contribute to throughout the year. None of the funds leave Union County, they all stay in the county.”
King described the Junior Charity League as an organization of women with approximately 30 members. She said it has been active in Union County for a number of years raising funds for local charities.
For more information contact about the Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, Cookies With Santa, and/or the Union County Junior Charity League contact Letha King at 427-5634 or Sarah Holcombe at 426-6539 or email UJCL5k@gmail.com.
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