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Senior centers in Hillsboro, North Plains and Forest Grove are teaming up as the 'Westside Warriors' for the walkathon.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The fourth-annual Meals on Wheels 2021 'Stride for Seniors' walkathon will take place on Saturday, April 24.Senior centers in Hillsboro, North Plains and Forest Grove are teaming up to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels People as part of the fourth-annual "Stride for Seniors" walkathon event.

The event raises critical funds for Meals on Wheels, whose home-delivery meal services have expanded and become more vital during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite closing more than 20 dining centers across the region and increasing home deliveries by 20% since the beginning of the pandemic, the Meals on Wheels centers in western Washington County haven't been forced to use waitlists, said Angie Boyd, manager of the center in North Plains.

This year, the walkathon will again take place socially distanced, with people walking on "adventure trails" created by the Meals on Wheels People to historical landmarks across the region.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24.

Teams and individuals can pick up t-shirts, walker kits and a free breakfast at Washington County's walker kiosk at the Beaverton dining center, located at 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd. in Beaverton.

People can also join teams such as Boyd's "Westside Warriors" team, which has already raised nearly $10,000 in donations as part of the event.

"Without the support from fundraisers like this one, we could not feed the sheer volume of seniors that have come to Meals on Wheels People for help, and especially during times like these," Boyd said.

People can donate to the Meals on Wheels People's $450,000 goal, register to participate in the walkathon and read more about the Westside Warriors team at events.mowp.org/site/TR/WalkRun/General?px=1088268&pg=personal&fr_id=1080.


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