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Walk against Hunger Nov. 19

For some, Thanksgiving may be a time to gather around the table with family and friends, but for others, it’s a time of despair and uncertainty.

For those who don’t know where their next meal will come from, one local organization will offer a solution and invites the community to help.

New Shady Grove Church will hold a 5K Walk against Hunger Saturday, Nov. 19 beginning 8 a.m. Check-in time is 6:45 a.m. Registration is $25 and proceeds raised from the walk will go toward feeding Selma’s hungry for Thanksgiving. The church will serve a community meal inside the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Building the theme around 1 Corinthians 13, Bishop B.A. Scott Sr., church pastor, said feeding the hungry has always been a vision of his church.

“We had a vision of feeding the hungry and we thought about how to finance it,” Scott said. “We have quite a few that enjoy walking and walking with others so we decided to take expenses from the registration fee to finance the Thanksgiving dinner; it’s a good way to let people know we do have hunger in Dallas County.”

The walk, Scott said, will take place in front of Selma City Hall and end on the corner of Highway 41 and Highway 80. Registration is held Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The deadline to register is Saturday, Nov. 12.

The purpose of the walk, Scott said, is to bring all people of Dallas County — regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, together for one common goal.

“We want all the people of Dallas County and surrounding counties to be a part of this … to bring their families out and have a great time,” Scott said. “It’s the right time of the year and day for those involved in the spirit of giving. Want everyone to feel welcome.”

Working with Selma Mayor George Evans, Selma City Council members and persons from across the state, Scott said he expects Saturday’s event to be a great turnout.

“People from Birmingham, Camden, Prattville (and) Montgomery, have volunteered to spend the day,” Scott said.

“(We want to) make one small step towards coming together in unity … there’s enough good people in Selma who reach out and have the holiday spirit. We ask God to bless us in the overflow.”

Send registration fees or donations by check or money order to P.O. Box 2096, Selma, Ala. 36702.

Make checks payable to New Shady Grove Church: The Walk for Hunger Fund.

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