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More than 1,000 people signed up to serve on Saturday
The Fredericksburg Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is gearing up for the Day to Serve event, which will be held Saturday. And the community has responded en force. Here is a press release from the stake:
Following a challenge issued by Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell encouraging citizens to participate in a Day of Service, community members will gather in Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg to donate food, perform community service projects, and participate in a 5K run to support the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on Saturday, Sept. 28th at 8 a.m.
“A man will think of his hunger before his spirituality, so he must first be fed in order to increase his spiritual nature,” says D. Michael Kitchens, president of the Fredericksburg Virginia Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “We are organizing events in cooperation with other members of our community to help the needy and beautify our parks and public areas. Together, as we will serve each other, we build friendships and find joy in assisting those who need to know they are cared for.”
WHERE: Old Mill Park, 2410 Caroline Street
WHAT: Community Service Projects, including 5K Run to Support Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m.
Event organizer Nicole Hebertson expressed enthusiasm over the community’s response: “I am thrilled to see our friends and neighbors support this event in large numbers. Several times I have had to rework our race plans with the City of Fredericksburg as the event continues to grow. Originally we anticipated about 300-400 runners in the 5K. As of Thursday morning, over 1,100 have registered through our website www.runforfood5k.com.”
In addition to the 5K race benefitting the food bank, many other community service projects will take place including a Red Cross blood drive, making fleece scarves and blankets for the homeless and abused children, planting 100 trees, cleaning along the Rappahannock River, and many more service opportunities. The entry fee for the 5K race is any non-perishable food item(s). Participants can register on line at www.runforfood5k.com. Packet pickup will take place at Virginia Runner in Central Park in Fredericksburg. All members of the community are welcome to attend.