NEWINGTON â€“ A very special tradition will happen in a neighborhood in the townâ€™s northwest corner this Thanksgiving.
The 12th annual Newington Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is set to take place Thursday, Nov. 24, beginning with a group photo at 9 a.m. in the Eagle Lantern Open Space.
â€śWe are looking forward to another successful event,â€ť co-organizer Michelle Jackson said.
The two-mile walk, run, bike or scooter will begin shortly after, as neighbors and friends make their way around the park at the center of their neighborhood.
The suggested donation to take part is $40 per family or $20 per person, with all proceeds donated to Newington Human Services for the Newington Food Bank.
They are also collecting new or gently used childrenâ€™s books, non-perishable food and household supplies, which will be delivered to the department along with the large monetary donation.
Students who belong to the National Honors Society at Newington High School provide volunteer assistance each year, promoting the event beforehand and helping out that morning.
Macy Guion and Hailey Gaydos both volunteered to help out this year.
â€śI love being a part of this community,â€ť Guion said. â€śIt has been a great opportunity to get involved in helping out the Newington Food Pantry and getting the word around to our town. I am excited to help with the event since it directly helps people in our community.â€ť
Due to the generosity of event sponsors, which include a handful of local businesses, Turkey Trot T-shirts will be given away to the first 150 participants.
Payment will be accepted by cash, checks or Venmo. Make checks out to Newington Human Services and send them to Michelle Saindon, 184 Kimberley Road, Newington, CT 06111 or make a Venmo donation to Michelle Saindon (@Michelle-Saindon-1) or Michelle Jackson (@Michelle-Jackson-240).
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The 12th Annual Newington Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Eagle Lantern Open Space