SUBMITTED PHOTO - The popular Give 'n' Gobble is celebrating its 10th year of giving back to the community.Over the past 10 years the Give n’ Gobble run, walk and community food drive has received overwhelming support from generous local businesses and an army of loyal volunteers.

“I never imagined it would grow this fast when I started it. This year we will exceed more than a quarter of million dollars in total funds raised for our local food bank” said Cindy Aggson, event director.

“It’s truly amazing how many people this event helps … especially local children in need. It it unthinkable to me that any child has to suffer from hunger, especially right here in our community,” said Aggson.

“Helping them is the most inspiring aspect of this event for me. But it also makes me ridiculously happy to see friends and families come out on Thanksgiving to run or walk in our event together. I’m honored that they’ve made the Give n’ Gobble a part of their holiday tradition, together we are making a huge difference.”

Since the Give n’ Gobble started in 2007 the event has raised over $200,000 and 50,000 pounds of food. This popular holiday tradition began a decade ago as the inspiration of Aggson, Owner of the Carpe Viam Marking Group. Her goal was to bring our community together to do something healthy while giving back to those in need.

Since then this “turkey trot” style event has grown exponentially. The first year Cindy’s goal was to have at least 100 participants, that goal was exceeded five times over. Now the event brings in nearly 200 volunteers and sells out every year with over 2,500 participants.

In 2011, as a direct result of the funds raised by the Give n’ Gobble, Helping Hands launched their “Backpack Meals for Kids Program.”

This program provides food for children who do not have access to nutritional meals at home over the weekend.

Each Friday, volunteers pack backpacks with nutritious food that will hopefully help each child get through the weekend.

To date, thanks to the funding from the Give n’ Gobble, the amazing Helping Hands volunteers have provided over 50,000 backpack meals to local school children in need.

Fast forward to 2016 and Cindy is still at it, with more friends, more community members, and more local sponsors.

This event has become a vital part of the Thanksgiving holiday tradition in Sherwood. John Davidson of Davidson Benefits Planning, long-time Title Sponsor, speaks for many when he said, “I am so honored to be a part of such a fun, important and heart-warming event.”

This popular Thanksgiving run/walk sells out every year, don’t miss out! Register, or volunteer, online at

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