Organizers of the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot are calling it a family-friendly fun-draiser.
Early on the day of the big feast, hundreds of people of all ages join together for a brisk walk along the Mill Creek Recreational Trail to celebrate good health, friendships, family and community while supporting the work of The Salvation Army.
And those who come to the trot in costume will qualify for prizes given for first, second and third places.
The 5K walk-run and 1-mile walk will kick off with registration at 8 a.m.; a warm-up at 8:30 a.m. and the main event commencing at 9 a.m. in the Walla Walla Community College parking lot, 500 Tausick Way.
Early registration is $15 per person until Nov. 20. The cost increases to $25 per person on the day of the trot.
Registration forms are available at the Visit Walla Walla kiosk, 26 E. Main St., or at The Salvation Army office, 825 W. Alder St.
In 2016, The Salvation Army here assisted around 10,410 family members in Walla Walla County. More than 300 children received new toys and clothes at Christmas.
The nonprofit also has programs for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies, summer camps for children and teens, a food bank and service center, emergency assistance for rent and utility bills, and holiday meals and toy distributions, according to information from Walla Walla corps officers Miguel and Maria Ibarra, lieutenants.
An international movement, The Salvation Army was started in 1865 to aid the suffering in London — those unwilling to attend or even be welcomed into a traditional church.
It is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. “Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination,” The Salvation Army states on its website.
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