LAWTON, Okla._It's almost time for the 4th annual Gobble Wobble.
The family fun event benefits the less fortunate in our community through canned food donations.
While the turkey is at home roasting, the whole family can get in a little exercise before enjoying their Thanksgiving feast, and all while helping a worthy cause. The only admission to the Gobble Wobble are non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Lawton Food Bank, which relies on our community's help especially throughout the holiday season.
"The demand on the Food Bank is getting greater every year since we've started our recession, or depression, a few years ago. Recovery is slow and we are now feeding. By Thanksgiving, we will have fed 11,000 families this year," said Dr. Richard Boatsman, Lawton Food Bank.
Dr. Boatsman says by the end of the year, they will have given out almost one million pounds of food. The Lawton Food Bank serves the elderly, people in extreme poverty, the disabled and those who are just going through a tough time.
"The sad truth in that about one in four children in Oklahoma goes to bed at night and doesn't know if they are going to have anything to eat in the cupboard the next day," Dr. Boatsman said.
In 2014, the Gobble Wobble brought in $2,000 in donations and $5,000 worth of food. Dr. Boatsman says just $1 buys five meals thanks to the discounted rate they receive from the Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City. He says for every $1 donated, only $0.03 goes to pay administrative fees. They can only operate on such a small budget with the help of volunteers.
"We have a very large staff of dedicated volunteers that help, so you can volunteer your services. You can donate food, you can donate money, you can donate your time and we appreciate any and all of that," Dr. Boatsman said.
In 2014, 1,500 people came out to participate and Dr. Boatsman hopes they have an even bigger turnout this year.
"When an event grows every year like that, that usually means two things. One, that it's a good event, it accomplishes something significant. And number two, it's just plain fun! And the Gobble Wobble fulfills both of those criteria," Dr. Boatsman said.
If you would like more information on how you can help the Lawton Food Bank call 580-353-7994.
The 4th annual Gobble Wobble will be held on Thanksgiving morning in front of the Museum of the Great Plains. The 1-mile Poult Bolt will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K family fun run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. The only admission is to bring non-perishable food items to share with the less fortunate in our community. They recommend participants bring food items with a value comparable to the price of registration for an event of this kind, or whatever is affordable for participants and families.
The main goal is for families to come together for a fun and memorable Thanksgiving activity. No pre-registration is necessary, just show up on race day and have fun.