Community members will walk for a cause at the sixth annual Good Friday 7K Run/Walk for Shelter.
The Liberty County Homeless Coalition is hosting the event, with registration and sign-in at 11 a.m. and the walk starting at noon.
Victory Assembly of God, 612 East Gen. Stewart Way, will be the beginning and ending point.
The walk is the only major fundraiser the Coalition does each year, said Jim McIntosh, president of the group and chairman of the walk. McIntosh is also a bishop of the Orthodox Catholic Church.
McIntosh brought the idea of the walk to the coalition six years ago when he moved to Hinesville. He said there are a number for Good Friday walks in the country and he used to participate in one in Massachusetts.
“There are many places where Good Friday is a day off from school because they have a large Roman Catholic community,” McIntosh said. “I was brought up on Good Friday being a day of
sacrifice. When I moved to Hinesville, I bought this to the Homeless Coalition. I thought it would be a great way to bring attention to the coalition and raise money.”
McIntosh said doing the walk on Good Friday brings people connected to churches together and it is an “appropriate day to do something and build our faith at the same time.”
There’s no cost to sign-up for the walk but people are asked to make donations.
All proceeds go to the coalition and homeless prevention efforts in Liberty County. McIntosh became president in September and has worked to make the coalition more visible in the community.
“We’ve done more public events and we increased the number of organizations that are part of the Coalition. Made it more of a public entity and with that comes the support we need,” McIntosh said.
The coalition now has an emergency warehouse in case someone’s house burns down or is damaged by a natural disaster. They will help with clothing and other household items.
“And if a church has a parishioner who is looking for work and needs some clothing for a job interview we can help them,” he said. “The church contacts us and we’ll put a clothing kit together.”
Business, church and civic organizations are encouraged to join the walk or sponsor walkers who will collect pledges for each kilometer completed.
“We have a lot of fun at the walk and it’s a great opportunity for people to get together,” he said. “Everyone is welcome.”