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Jackets Run for the Crisis Assistance Ministry

Pictured are FCA student leaders Seth Whitley and J.B. Helms presenting a check to Tom Wilson of the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry after raising money from a Minute-to-Win-It Challenge.

On Saturday, March 29, the Jacket Nation ran for a cause at Wingate University to support the Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry. Crisis Run 2014 was a 5K, 10K, and 1-Mile fun walk event that helped support the ministry’s mission to provide emergency financial assistance and/or food to families facing a short-term crisis situation. According to FCA student coordinator J.B. Helms, “So many people from Forest Hills ran for a great cause, and I appreciate everyone’s support for the UCCAM and all it does for families in Union County.”

The rain on race day did not stop many Yellow Jackets from participating in the event. Frisco Poole once again was the overall winner of the 5K event, and several other students and staff won medals in their age divisions. A special shout-out goes to the softball and baseball teams for their show of support for both the run and the Crisis Assistance Ministry.

The week prior to the race was designated as Crisis Week by the FHHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and each day FCA members increased awareness of the UCCAM. As part of the activities, Crystal Wright spoke to students via the broadcast about the importance of donations and how people can obtain assistance. As another part of the fundraising efforts, students did a Minute-to-Win-It Challenge that raised over $600 for the UCCAM. According to FCA advisor Jennifer Whitley, “While this amount of money may seem small, it actually provides one week’s worth of groceries for up to 10 families.”

The 3rd Annual Crisis Run was one of many activities that the UCCAM does to support their services to families. According to Gloria Barrino, the executive director of UCCAM, “This money will help close the gap in our budget, enabling us to serve families at risk of becoming homeless.” Last year, the UCCAM provided more than $383,000 in financial aid to 1,167 families in Union County. In addition to financial assistance, the UCCAM also provides counseling to help families build assets and develop a budget so they have a game plan if a future crisis occurs.

In addition to financial support, the UCCAM also has a food pantry that contains canned food items that assist families in crisis. If you would like more information about the UCCAM or how to donate financially or with canned foods, go to www.unioncrisis.org or call 704-238-0155.

Written by: Kevin Helms, FHHS FCA Advisor
Posted: Apr 11, 2014 by Melissa Howell

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