Get moving for local charities – Corpus Christi Caller

December 12, 2015 - storage organizer



The calendar is packed with ways to get festive this season, but a few events shine brighter than most in combining athletics and the holiday spirit of giving.

The organizers are members of our community who work tirelessly year round to brighten the lives of others, but who notch up their efforts even further during the holidays. Come support any of the following and you are supporting a healthy, happy community while in most cases getting in a little exercise as well.

Jingle All the Way 5K

8 a.m. Dec. 19, Seawall Food Spirits, 527 S. Shoreline Blvd.

This 5K features photos with Santa, laser tag, music, and giveaways of $1,000 worth of gifts. Participation is in turn a gift for the Boys Girls Club of Corpus Christi, which will receive a portion of proceeds. The event is put on by V Fit Productions, which has partnered with the Boys Girls Club for more than two years to bring its free Kids Get Fit program to local children. The program features strength training, cardio and nutrition education. The Boys Girls Club have a mission of reinforcing values of academics, health, and citizenship among youth ages 6 through 18, particularly those in need.

Bikes for Kids

8 a.m. Dec. 19, Bay Area Bike Tri, 6020 S. Padre Island Drive

Hundreds of local children whose families could never afford a bicycle have taken home a shiny new top-quality one thanks to Bikes for Kids. Two hundred more children will feel that joy at this year’s giveaway. The program’s organizers, Bay Area Bike Tri, Hot Z95, 1440 KEYS and Rock 92.7 team up throughout the year to make the event possible, selling the bikes at cost, assembling and storing them for free, providing free advertising, securing sponsors, and holding fundraisers. The final piece they need is you. Community donations make this giveaway possible. A few more volunteers are also needed Dec. 18 to move the bicycles from storage, then on Dec. 19 to set up and also escort children. Their pure joy often has the adult volunteers in tears, so bring tissues. Contact 361-993-7000.

Teddy Bear Bike Ride

8 a.m. Dec. 20, Bay Area Bike Tri, 6020 S. Padre Island Drive

When Driscoll Children’s Hospital learned two years ago that cyclists were bringing teddy bears for sick children, they sent down some nurses with plastic sacks. When 80 cyclists arrived with 150 stuffed animals, staff had to send reinforcements to collect them all. Driscoll now meets this annual bike ride with industrial lined laundry bins, and good thing because organizer Tom Neagli expects the riders to show up with more than 500 stuffed animals this year. Riders pedal the couple miles from Bay Area Bike Tri to Driscoll slowly, leaving no one behind, and a vehicle follows carrying extra stuffed animals. Anyone who cannot join can drop off new stuffed animals to Bay Area Bike Tri anytime before the ride.

Alissa Mejia’s column focuses on running and fitness. Contact her at freestylesail@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Creature Who Twisted Christmas 30-40 minute fun run: 7 p.m. Friday, 218 N. Chaparral St.

Jingle All the Way 5K: 8 a.m. Dec. 19, Seawall Foods Spirits, McGee Beach.

American Bank Half Marathon Relay: 7:30 a.m. Jan. 2, 800 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Details and registration available via www.corpusroadrunners.com.

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