It’s Thanksgiving again

House of Hope is giving thanks to Palm City Presbyterian Church and the generosity of the runners and sponsors of annual Turkey Trot 5K.

Race coordinator Rob Johnson, left, and Pastor Dick Anderson, right, present a big check to House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri.

Race coordinator Rob Johnson, left, and Pastor Dick Anderson, right, present a big check to House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri.

Recently, the church’s pastor, Rev. Dick Anderson, and the race manager, church member Rob Johnson, presented House of Hope with a check for $14,148, representing the proceeds from the race.

That brought the Turkey Trot’s five-year fund-raising total to $65,000.

A food drive also is part of the Thanksgiving Day event, and this year’s participants donated 1,040 pounds of nonperishable food for the House of Hope pantry program.

In 2013, the Turkey Trot proceeds were wrapped up in an even bigger gift – a $97,000 check from Palm City Presbyterian to purchase a refrigerated truck for House of Hope.

All of this has brought nutritious food and supportive services to local people in need.

About House of Hope

House of Hope is a non-profit agency that touches the lives of about 5,000 Martin County residents per month. Services include basic needs — food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance — and long-term case management that helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach.

For more information about House of Hope, call (772) 286-4673 or visit www.hohmartin.org.