'Shelter Me' homeless awareness 5k set for Saturday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

'Shelter Me' homeless awareness 5k set for Saturday

Provided by South Plains Homeless Consortium

The South Plains Homeless Consortium (SPHC) is ushering in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 10-18, 2012, with the "Shelter Me" 5K on October 27 at McKenzie Park. Participants will register between 8:30 and 9:15 am in McKenzie Park at the intersection of East Municipal Drive and Cesar Chavez Drive (look for softball fields). The Walk/Run will begin at 9:30 am. Water stations and information about local organizations working with the issue of homelessness will be available along the route.

Opening ceremonies will occur between 9:15 and 9:30 am. Mayor Pro Tem Karen Gibson will signal the start of the event.

Rosalinda Jimenez initiated the first 5K last year to inspire citizens to become aware of

homelessness in our community and to become actively engaged in meaningful assistance. "Currently, our community needs food so we can help our homeless brothers and sisters", stated Jimenez. The results of the January 2012 Point-In-Time homeless survey documented the clothing and/or food category was one of the four services most needed by those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Now, almost nine months later, the South Plains Food bank is reporting severe food shortages. The availability of food has been significantly reduced due to high fuel prices and the drought's devastating effects.

To assist in meeting local food needs, we request each participant donate 10 cans of food or $10.00 at registration. If you are out of town or would rather not walk, there are several opportunities to participate. During business hours food donations may be taken to Our Lady of Grace Parish Office, between 8-11 am or 1-5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, between 10 am-2 pm, Monday -Thursday. You can also mail donations to SPHC, 2005 Avenue T, Lubbock, Texas 79411.

All donations will be given to the South Plains Food Bank.

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