Grateful Gobbler Returns To The Scenic City

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Many around the Tennessee Valley will spend their Thanksgiving morning burning off calories, not consuming them.

The 17th Annual Grateful Gobbler 5-K started at 8 a.m. this morning.

As always the proceeds from the run and walk will go to the Maclellan Shelter for families.

That shelter is located with the Community Kitchen in downtown Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen is a freestanding social service agency focused on meeting needs. Their primary goal is to lessen the poverty and despair among the homeless in the city of Chattanooga and to restore dignity and self-reliance to those they serve.

Organizers of the event say it’s important to keep the shelter funded.Grateful Gobbler

“This is all about a shelter that keeps families together while they are looking for permanent housing. If you are a single dad, (with a daughter and son) your daughter would have to g
o to a all female shelter and you and your son will go to an all make shelter. And in this case McClellan has built 13 units to keep the families together while they are looking for permanent housing.”

Grateful Gobbler 3Participants were happy but grateful as this event reminded them of what they could have lost in the midst of recent events.

“It’s just a great opportunity to wake up on thanksgiving morning and say gosh I have a home over, a roof over my head and a meal on the table, but I can make a difference at a family event and give back to the community,” said Stan McCright who is also the event co-chair.

The run and walk was held  at Coolidge Park.

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