Dear Turkey Trotters,
Sadly, Norman Rockwell’s famous depiction of Thanksgiving Day in America doesn’t paint the full picture as we see it. And his less famous painting, “Homeless”, doesn’t either.
Today, homelessness is complicated. If you don’t believe me, come and spend some volunteer time, here at Project ECHO, Calvert County’s only homeless shelter. You’ll see what I mean. Just don’t come on Thanksgiving Day.
Having no place to call home is tough on any given day of the year, but it’s especially tough on Thanksgiving Day. For that reason, we close our doors to the outside, and a wonderful and generous family prepares and brings in a special feast for everyone. And that also includes the folks who choose to live in the woods. We invite them in too.
So instead of coming to the shelter, how about considering taking part in our 10th annual Turkey Trot 5K race? This year, it’s taking place on the grounds of The Calverton School, in Huntingtown. There will be a 1k course for walkers and a partially wooded, off-road 5k course for runners. Registration begins at 6am. The race begins at 7am. For those who are able to do so, carpooling is recommended.
It’s a really great way to spend some early-morning time with family and friends, and you’re home in time to get your own Thanksgiving plans underway.
Click here to learn more about the event: https://www.raceplace.com/events/109143/project-echo-10th-annual-turkey-trot
Bibs and T-shirts will be available 2 days before the event and can be picked up at a new location – the Project ECHO Thrift and Gift Shop. Please register today. The special 10th Anniversary T-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 250 people who sign up.
Thank you for helping,
Teressa Mullen / Development Director, Project ECHO