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Local Non-Profit Holds Holiday 5K Jingle Bell Walk/Run Fund-Raiser

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A Place Along the Way (APATW), a nonprofit organization primarily helping troubled teenagers and young adults, is holding a 5K Jingle Bell Walk/Run fundraiser on Saturday, December 19.

Proceeds will be used by the agency in its work helping the area’s homeless youths. It will be held on the sports track at Alder Middle School, 7555 Alder Ave. in Fontana.

“Homelessness can be devastating to anyone,” commented Carla Canada, founder and executive director of A Place Along the Way.

“But imagine how it must feel to a teenager or young adult. What should be a growing, developing, enjoyable time in their life is filled with angst, despair, and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. I urge the public to show their support for this vital sector of our society by coming out and enjoying this fun, family-oriented event.”

Registration for this just over 3 mile fun walk/run begins at 9:30 a.m. the morning of the event. The run gets under way at 10:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 11 a.m. The event ends at 3 p.m.

Individuals may pre-register for $5; families for $20. Registration on the day of the event will be $10 for individuals and $30 for families.

Families include two adults and unlimited number of children under the age of 18.

The day includes face painting, jumpers, music, and activities for the entire family. Games and prizes will also be part of the fun. Refreshments will be available.

“Many teens have been or are at risk of homelessness,” added Canada. “A problem that had been sharply increasing in recent years, grew even worse this past year with the horrible economy. Homeless adolescents have a multitude of needs that must be addressed in order for them to live satisfying and independent lives.”

As an example as to what will be done with the proceeds from the 5K Jingle Bell Walk/Run, she said $1000 would provide an entire year’s worth of hot meals for a homeless youth.

For further information, to pre-register, or to make a donation, contact Carla Canada or Jeorgina Flores at (909) 200-6893 or via e-mail at carla@aplacealongtheway.org.

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