Thursday, December 1 2022

TOWNSEND — For the first time, Big Sky Autism Project and Broadwater County Christmas Connection are hosting a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to benefit the two nonprofits. The Huffin’ for Stuffin’ Turkey Trot will be held at the Watson Event Center located at 290 Litening Barn Ln, Townsend, MT. The 5k starts at 9:00 a.m. and a little “waddle” for children will take place at 10:00 a.m.

The two non-profit organizations will split the proceeds of the registration fees 50/50. The Big Sky Autism Project will dedicate its part to furthering its mission of providing fitness trainers suitable for people with special needs throughout Montana.

As for Christmas Connection, their half will be used to help underprivileged families put food on the table for Christmas Day and put gifts under the tree for families with children under 18. Christmas Connection also has an Angel Tree at Reading Leaves in Townsend for those who wish to help them donate this festive season. Turkey Trot participants are also encouraged to donate frozen hams of 5 pounds or more to the trot.

Although this is the nonprofit’s first trot, they hope to make it a staple for the Townsend community.

“I think once people come out and do it, it’s going to become popular, people will want to participate. They’ll see the good it’s doing in the community, helping the neighbors, and the people in that community are very generous. .and very supportive of each other, so we believe that over the years this will be a great success and it will be a must-attend event,” said Monique Prevel, Executive Director of the Big Sky Autism Project.

Last year, Big Sky Autism Project was able to fund 10 people for adaptive fitness coaching certifications. In 2021, Broadwater County Christmas Connection helped 42 local families enjoy a holiday meal and provided gifts for 91 children. They currently have 22 families registered to receive assistance this holiday season. Interested families have until December 10 to submit a request to be placed on the Christmas Connection Angel Tree.

Interested in running for two good causes this Thanksgiving? Sign up for the Huffin’ for Stuffin’ Turkey Trot here. Registration is also available in person at Reading Leaves and on the day at the Watson Event Center.

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