Our family Thanksgiving turkey trot has changed greatly over the years. We used to gather as a family at a local school with fake racing bibs and an unmarked route.
My brother-in-law started a turkey trot in his community to benefit our nieces foundation and we went from running at a school to running at a retention basin. And once the retention basin just wasn’t big enough the trot was moved to a large mall. Each year it grows and more people participate which creates more awareness for the two charities they raise money for.
Similar to last year, I was heavily involved this year with the trot. From logos and posters, to backgrounds and shirts, I was vested. And it’s such a payday to attend the event and see it all come together.
Lucy’s (our niece) foundation received an overhaul and they rolled out the new name, “Families Fighting Blindness” complete with Lucy’s signature red glasses. The family sported new t-shirts to create awareness and we wore them with pride in her support.
My family isn’t much for running but we did the family fun run (one mile walk) so we could justify an extra roll (or two) later on that day.
Nothing says lets run like donuts and churros! And the kids enjoyed both!
Hunter enjoyed the snow machine they had blowing near the finish line. It’s as close as he’s going to get to snow for a while!
The whole group! Getting them all in a picture at one time was quite the accomplishment. Having to gather them from the play area, the churro stand and everywhere in between took determination. Out of the nine kids in the family, this picture is just missing one sister whose car broke down on her way to Arizona and one brother who was celebrating with his family back in Wisconsin. That’s quite the support system.
As part of the Families Fighting Blindness booth – my brothers-in-law built a large wall for people to share what they were grateful for and people were happy to share their thoughts. Hunter made sure to make his mark and there was little surprise in his gratitude. My only question is if they’re ranked! I have a hard time believing he ranked family above legos!
It was a fun morning. We gathered for a great cause and we enjoyed being there together and being surrounded by so many others who share a passion for service and giving back.