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Residents across southern Nash County put on their running shoes Saturday morning to raise money and awareness for a local children’s home.
About 160 runners and walkers, the largest group to date, came out to support the Home Run 5K to benefit the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home in Middlesex.
“This is about having fun, coming to our campus and intermingling with our kids and having a good time,” said Carrie Brown, development associate for the facility.
Brown said the event is a great way to showcase the children’s home’s work to the greater community. She hopes to draw more interest from the surrounding area throughout the year.
“When people come on campus, they see our residential cottages that our young people live in, and they also see the family atmosphere that we try to formulate for our kids,” Brown said.
Katelyn Westerfield participated in the run along with other members from her church, Floods Chapel in Spring Hope.
“This is my first time being here, and I’m glad to help out the children’s home. I think it’s beautiful with all the little homes. It’s really cool,” Westerfield said.
For more information or to schedule a visit to the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, contact Carrie Brown at 252-235-2161.