MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

July 16, 2013

Runners can help the homeless

Compassion for our fellow human beings is one of the most noble feelings mankind can possess.

Muskogee’s homeless have the good people at the Gospel Rescue Mission to provide help.

The mission supplies shelter for men, women and families; drug and alcohol recovery programs; spiritual counseling; and volunteer opportunities.

Now, Muskogee’s homeless have more help and hope.

That’s the mission of a road race being conducted by four women who volunteer at the mission.

The four — Cheramy Rouse, Amber Walker, Tammi Jacobs and Tina Taylor — decided the shelter needed more funds to help the city’s homeless.

They decided to hold the Hometown Hope Run.

The event will help the mission, but the four women are doing most of the work.

That’s one of things the mission’s director likes most about the event.

“This is a community-driven event,” Jack Murr said. “And it’s extremely encouraging that it came from within the community. These events help make up the shortfall between our expenses and what our regular donors give.

“The run is a continuation of the giving hearts of the community to support Muskogee’s homeless.”

Here’s your chance to get in a little exercise and help out your community, too.

If you go

WHAT: The Hometown Hope Run.

WHEN: 8 a.m. Sept. 7.

WHERE: Gospel Rescue Mission, 2nd and Elgin streets.

ETC.: The event will include a 5K and one-mile fun run.

ENTRY: $15 pre-registration for fun run, $20 day of race. $25 pre-registration for 5K, $30 day of race. All pre-registrations will receive a T-shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis.

INFORMATION: www.hometownhoperun-eac2.eventbrite.com.

You can help

If you would like to become a sponsor for the Hometown Hope Run benefiting the Gospel Rescue Mission, call Cheramy Rouse, (918) 781-9278, Amber Walker, (918) 441-2877, Tammi Jacobs, (918) 351-4440 or Tina Taylor, (918) 348-0506.

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