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Foreverfamily's 5K4Kids 2021

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Foreverfamily's 5K4Kids 2021

Registration will be open from 7:30am-8:30am. We will be set up near the corner of Cherokee Ave SE & Georgia Ave SE (you can put 574 Cherokee Ave SE into your GPS). There is street parking (free) or zoo parking (paid). Volunteers will be along Cherokee Ave SE to help direct you to the registration area. Call Beth (678-365-6996) if you have any issues finding us. Race begins at 8:45am.

This year's race will be held in Grant Park, in Southwest Atlanta. The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:45 am, followed by the 1 Mile Fun Run and a Kids Dash for children under 5. All kids will receive a medal. Awards will be given for top finishers.

Run or walk and then have some fun with us! There will be a DJ and a bounce house for the kids.

Not located in Atlanta? You can still participate! Select the Virtual Option at check-out and run/walk between September 18th and September 24th wherever you live. Send us a photo and your time (5K4Kids@foreverfam.org) and we'll celebrate you on race day. Please note that while a t-shirt is included with each race registration, the shipping is an additional fee. All registrations received after September 10th will not be guaranteed a t-shirt as the t-shirt order will already have been placed. We will accommodate t-shirts on a first come first serve basis post September 10th.

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When
Saturday September 25th
8:45am
Where
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA, USA
Grant Park, Atlanta, GA, USA

Story

All of the funds raised go toward keeping families connected, despite parental incarceration and the added challenges brought by COVID-19.

Now more than ever, we must continue fostering the familial bonds between incarcerated parents and their children. For the past 34 years, Foreverfamily has upheld its mission: To inspire hope in children of incarcerated mothers and fathers, to help children become successful adults, to strengthen their families, and to share our considerable experience with communities worldwide to do the same. One way we have done that is through our family visitation program. In light of COVID-19, our children haven't seen their parents in person for over a year, and there's no indication of when prisons will resume in-person visitation, but we have been bridging the gap so family bonds remain strong. As our “new normal” has turned virtual so too have our family visitations.

Foreverfamily currently helps maintain connections for 32 families, consisting of 70 children, from all across Georgia, and that number is increasing. Families who are affected by incarceration are saddled with the additional costs associated with keeping in contact with their loved one. Communication options that are usually free on the outside, such as phone calls and emails, cost a significant amount when communicating with an incarcerated loved one. For this reason, we are specifically asking you to consider sponsoring a family ($250 donation, which includes 2 race registrations) as virtual connections are vital, yet expensive. Keeping one family in contact for one-month costs over $100, including emails ($15), phone calls ($25), video visitations ($40), and stationary packets ($20) so children can send letters of love and encouragement to their parents. Foreverfamily covers these costs for our families as well as provides a tablet ($75) and internet service ($75) for families in need.

In addition to family visitation, we provide school supplies and when needed, gift cards to purchase necessities such as toiletries, food, and water. Foreverfamily has continuously worked to ensure that every child has the love of family and the necessary resources to thrive. We can continue to do so through your support and donations.

Current events have only emphasized the problem with mass incarceration of black men and women.  Although we are striving to enact reform, we must also maintain the connections among families to strengthen the bonds that can easily recede during the incarceration period.  Our programs work!  Please help us fund these critical programs.

Posted by Forever Family Inc.





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