Since 2007, walkers and runners of all ages have gathered in Sherwood to celebrate Thanksgiving morning together.
The goal has always been simple: connect with family, friends, and neighbors while burning a few calories and giving back. That simple goal has raised nearly $400,000 and 80,000 pounds of food donations for local families in need. This event has become a Thanksgiving holiday tradition, drawing over 2,500 participants each year.
But with the coronavirus pandemic this year, the Give n' Gobble event is being held virtually for the first time ever.
"Since we can't all be together on Thanksgiving morning, but there is more need than ever, we knew 'the show must go on,'" explained Cindy Aggson, founder and director of the annual fundraising run.
Aggson added, "We want to continue to inspire hope and health in our community. The best part is that this year is our participants get to pick their course ... and their finish line. We have already received incredible support from our generous and loyal sponsors and are very excited to be able to continue the tradition of giving back and staying active."
Participants will be able to "walk, run, jog, mosey or waddle" any time or anywhere they want during the 10-day event window, which will span Nov. 21 to Dec. 1.
The first 1,500 participants to register will even receive a personal "finish line" to put up wherever they are running. They will also get a commemorative race bib and a special Give n' Gobble cloth face mask.
Like always, Give n' Gobble T-shirts will be free to participants who donate a bag of non-perishable food for Helping Hands Food Bank.
Volunteers will be hosting a drive-thru food drop-off and shirt pickup from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the new Sherwood Middle School, also known as the former Sherwood High School, on Southwest Meineke Road.
Helping Hands Food Bank has been continuing to serve families throughout the pandemic with curbside pickup, allowing families to pick up food donations while remaining safely in their vehicles.
"It's been a challenging year, to say the least, but let's come together to finish 2020 strong," said Roger Aggson, co-founder of the Give n' Gobble. "We know that all of you who have supported this event for years not only consider it a fun and important tradition but, like us, believe that we can keep the tradition going ... even though we can't be together in person."
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