Lubbock turns out to honor moms, Stamp Out Hunger, raise money for LPD officer on Saturday

Community events roundup for Saturday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock came out to honor moms, stamp out hunger, find a cure for cystic fibrosis, and to help an LPD officer in need on Saturday.

MISSING MOMS LUNCHEON

We’ll celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday but for some moms, that will be a difficult day. A non-profit organization called “Missing Moms” hopes to make this time a little easier. A luncheon was held Saturday to encourage and support women who miss their mothers, have missed out on being a mom, or miss children that they’ve lost.

The free event was held at social house in Lubbock and featured guest speaker Abby Rike Rockenbaugh, who lost her husband and children in a car crash. You might have seen her here on KCBD when she was a “Biggest Loser” contestant and shared her journey of finding the will to live and love again. Organizer Laura McGrew started this luncheon for women after suffering losses in her own life.

“I realized that Mother’s Day is not always easy day for women," Laura said. "Sometimes it’s a day of heartache and a day of loss. So, we want to encourage these women and inspire them to realize that other women understood and give them an opportunity to connect with each other.”

Missing moms hosts a series of events throughout the year to connect women with each other and their faith. To learn more, visit their website at missingmoms.org.

LPD OFFICERS HOST FUNDRIASER FOR OFFICER FLORES

Lubbock police and community members came out Saturday to help a brother in blue, to raise money for Officer Felipe Flores at Wild West Harley Davidson. Flores is battling kidney cancer and recovering from surgery. We told you about him last month when two fellow officers organized this fundraising effort, working to help his family while he’s out recovering and receiving further treatment and rehabilitation. Attendees on Saturday received good eats and got to see a demonstration from LPD’s motorcycle officers. They were able to raise nearly $3,400 dollars for the family.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS GREAT STRIDES WALK

Lubbock walkers came out to support finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday.

It was the annual “Great Strides” walk out at the Buddy Holly Recreation Area at Hodges Park, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which has a mission to cure this rare genetic disease that shortens lives and makes it difficult to breathe. More than 90 cents of every dollar raised is given to the CF foundation for research.

Erin Kenyon has Cystic Fibrosis and participated in the walk Saturday.

“The research goes to medications and we’ve had a lot of more meds come out in the last few years that are really helping we don’t have a cure yet but these medicines are doing great things with those of us with CF,” Kenyon said.

According to the online tracker, more than $50,000 were raised through the Lubbock walk. The top team raised almost half of that at about $24,000. The top individual raised more than $7,000!

STAMP OUT HUNGER WITH SPFB

Our postal workers were doing more than just making sure our mail was delivered on Saturday, they were also working to stamp out hunger.

Saturday was the 27th anniversary of the National Association Of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers collected non-perishable food donations left out by the community and delivered them to the South Plains Food Bank this afternoon. The Food Bank says with summer coming, even more children will miss a meal and go hungry. In fact, One in four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The goal today was to collect 50,000 pounds of food.

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