Rescue Mission Volunteers make Thanksgiving possible

This Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m., the Rescue Mission’s 12th annual Drumstick DASH will welcome about 13,000 runners, walkers, strollers, and 4-legged friends to “move their feet so others can eat.”

Pulling off such a huge event takes many dedicated volunteers. Hank Wallace has served 10 years as “Crowd Control Director” and oversees 40 other volunteers. “Crowd control has a team at the starting line to make sure everyone is gathered in the proper waves. Others make sure runners and walkers know where to go and help direct traffic early in the morning,” says Wallace. “I love standing in the sea of people that morning knowing that we are all of the same mind–coming together for the purpose of helping others.”

Along with the army of volunteers assisting the week of the Drumstick DASH and on race day, more than 100 others will serve during the Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Feast, which feeds hundreds of people from the community in addition to shelter guests.

“The holiday season is a busy time for us and requires lots of volunteers to help make sure our guests have a nice time,” says Rescue Mission Volunteer Manager, Karl Stewart. “We are so thankful to have hundreds of people eager to spend time on their Thanksgiving Day to serve others in the community.”

To volunteer with the Drumstick DASH call 540-777-7651 or email volunteer.info@rescuemission.net. Registration to participate in the race is open online at drumstickdash.net. The deadline to register and guarantee your t-shirt size is November 13. Registration will continue until the morning of the event.