PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – For the 17th year more than 800 runners and walkers showed up to take part in the Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity Turkey Trot 5K.
The annual event raises money to help build 25 homes and support the projects of Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte County. This year, runners and walkers worked their way around Florida Southwestern State College, Charlotte Campus. Not only earning themselves an extra helping of mashed potatoes Thanksgiving night but helping raise money.
Jay Gordon, Board Chairman for Charlotte Habitat for Humanity and 11th place finisher in Thursday mornings race, is thrilled to see the community once again come together and help them build homes. “It’s expensive to build houses and that’s what our organization does and we need a lot of funds and the demand is great. There’s a lot of folks out there struggling to find safe and affordable houses and we’re the main provider of that in this community,” said Gordon.
Race organizers anticipate this years turkey trot will bring in around $20,000 to help them build homes. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte County or to donate to their cause, visit: www.charlottecountyhfh.org.