■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Roughly a dozen participants took part in the Salvation Army’s first Kettle Run, many dressed in Christmas attire. While Hemet City Manager Alex Meyerhoff may have opted for running in shorts instead an elf outfit, he showed up and took part in the run.
“I like to support the community,” said Meyerhoff , who was there to support his friend ‘Tony.’”
Not all who ran in the Kettle Run were in perfect shape. Resident Gary Oakley said he has cerebral palsy, which inhibits his running, but he took part anyway to inspire others not to let disabilities define them. Oakley hopes to “encourage people to get up, get out, [and] get moving!”
Instead of sitting on the sidelines playing games, the lone elementary schooler present for this event opted to run in the “Elf Run,” which coincided with the Kettle Run.
Medals were handed out to the top runners in this event, which, due to low turnout, was pretty much all those who showed up. But the real winners were the Salvation Army’s charitable efforts, including the GROW After-School program and the S.A.M. program, which provides meals to hungry children in our community. In short, every little bit helps to give kids living among us, who might not have anything otherwise, a bite to eat.
To all those who missed out on the Kettle Run this year because word didn’t reach you, which organizers of this year’s run admit was most of you, don’t worry. Be on the lookout for details on the 2017 Kettle Run as time goes on. In the meantime, you can go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to find more ways to do good in our valley.