9am Thanksgiving Day ~ Sherwood, High School Stadium
Premiere Turkey Trot
"The Sherwood Give n' Gobble has become one of Oregon's premiere Thanksgiving Day's turkey trots...The Give n' Gobble is such an amazing community event. The race truly consumes Sherwood. You are running through neighborhoods where the community greets you on their doorsteps as you run by. This is awesome!"
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In 2007 Cindy Aggson, owner of Carpe Viam Marketing and avid runner, launched the first annual Give n' Gobble. Her goal was at least 100 participants, but to her surprise over 500 runners and walkers came out to support the new Thanksgiving Day event. "I had been hoping to put a community run together for a few years because there are so many runners and walkers who go out on Thanksgiving rain or shine. I thought it would be wonderful to all run or walk together for a good cause. This seemed like the perfect year to start a new tradition," said Aggson. Years later over 3,000 participants embrace the sold-out event as an honored Thanksgiving tradition and the Give n' Gobble team has grown to not only include Aggson's husband and their three sons, but also their dear friends Mike & Shelly Rath and their three children... and an army of over 150 volunteers each year. Many families now consider the Give n' Gobble "a mandatory family tradition" before their big Thanksgiving meal. One local grandpa was quoted saying "If they don't participate in the Give n' Gobble they don't get any turkey...it's that important to us!"
Thanks to the funds raised with the Give n' Gobble, in 2011 Helping Hands launched their "Backpacks for Kids" program is designed for children who do not have access to nutritional meals at home over the weekend. Each Friday, volunteers pack backpacks full of simple nutritional food that will last these children the entire weekend. To date these hard-working volunteers have packed over 30,000 nutritious meals for kids.
"For many kids in the schools' free or reduced meal program, that school lunch is possibly the only meal they get during the day," says Gerry Edy, Helping Hands co-director. "Our goal is to make sure no child in our area goes to bed hungry" says Edy.
Helping Hands works closely with elementary school counselors to determine which families are in need of assistance - with only the counselors knowing the names of families. "We go to great pains to make sure confidentiality is kept and that all siblings in a family are fed," says Edy. Program participants are given clean, used backpacks so that no one will link the food program with a specific style backpack
The "Backpack for Kids" program is a true community effort as Rotary Club members pack backpacks for Middleton and Edy Ridge students and residents at Cedar Creek Assisted Living pack backpacks for Hopkins and Archer Glen participants. The money raised by the Give n' Gobble Run/Walk funds Helping Hands' annual expenses and making this new backpack program possible. For more information about this program please visit www.sherwoodhelpinghands.org
About the Give n' Gobble
Turkey, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls with real butter, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Pumpkin Pie, Cheesecake, Chocolate Pie, etc. Is it any wonder that the average American consumes 7100 calories on Thanksgiving? Thankfully you can offset some of those calories by participating in Sherwood's annual Give n' Gobble 5K run/walk and 10K run on Thanksgiving at 9am @ the Sherwood High School stadium.
The purpose of this event, besides being a great way to rev up your metabolism, is to raise money for Helping Hands, a local food bank affiliated with the Oregon Food Bank. This hugely successful annual event has raised over $150,000 and truckloads of food and for Helping Hands, a local food bank associated with the Oregon Food Bank. This single event funds Helping Hands' annual expenses, enabling them to provide hundreds of needy families with not only canned food and other nonperishable items, but also dairy products, and fresh fruits and vegetables. It also funds the backpack program, which provides backpacks full of nutritious foods to children for them to take home over the weekend, to help make sure no child has to go to be hungry.
This heart-warming event has become a Thanksgiving holiday tradition, drawing runners and walkers of all ages who want to start the day doing something fun & healthy with their family & neighbors while also helping those less fortunate!