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Sounds of Christmas 5K

By Morgan Hall

The Greenup Beacon

Alan Osuch with Osuch Tri-State Race Planners brings another 5K to bless the community. December 9 at 9 a.m. The Sounds of Christmas 5K will be keeping the streets hot. The race’s home base will be the Russell Senior Center at 520 Bellefonte Street, Russell, Kentucky. 

The course information explains that it

starts and ends at the Senior Center. It heads out past the Super Quik, then towards the river. After following along the river, the path goes back past the Senior Center. Additionally, there is an out and back toward Worthington.”

There will be an  8 a.m. on-site registration. The entry fees will include $30.00 to register, if pre-registered before December 8 and $35 registration the day of race.

The age groups for racers include:

9 and under,  10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29,   30-34, 35-39, 40-44,45-49, 50-54, 55-59,   60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79,  80+

The awards will be trophies to the first three overall male and female finishers.                                                              

The awards will go to the first three finishers, in each male and female age group. There will be no duplication of awards.

Each participant is guaranteed to receive a special Sounds Of Christmas long sleeve shirt.

All proceeds from the race will go to the Giving Tree (CaRes) and Greenup Helping Hands.

The meal following the race will be catered on site from Texas Roadhouse.

Osuch Tri-State Race Planners Sponsors include:

Boyd County Public Library, Greenup County Public Library, ServPro of Boyd/Carter/Lewis Counties, L.E.O. Health & Wellness, High Performance Computer Services, Extreme Heating & Air, Ghostly Gourmet, Graphic Solutions, State Farm Insurance – Mary Ann Boggs, Ink In A Blink.”

Lynn Childers, Executive Director with CaRes explained the significance of The Giving Tree,

“The Giving Tree Program is an annual event that assists families during the holiday season by providing gifts for children ages 16 and under and food vouchers based on family size.  Applications for the program are taken in the last two (2) weeks of October and first week of November each year. We get the children’s age, sex, clothing sizes, and a wish list of items they would like for Christmas. Funds raised through events such as the Sounds of Christmas 5K, are used to cover the cost of the food vouchers and any items that may need to be purchased to provide for children who are not adopted.”

Dan Blevins, Director at Helping Hands offered his thoughts regarding the upcoming race and how the community support is crucial. “We most definitely appreciate the support during this extremely busy time of year. These funds, along with the support of many others, will help us supply a holiday meal and other food items to roughly 200 Greenup County families this Christmas. We will also be able to ensure that our food pantry starts out 2024 full and on solid footing.”

In conclusion, there’s still time to register for this race; while giving back to your community. It’s the season of giving and Osuch Tri-State Race Planners truly understand the heart of giving back to the community. The Giving Tree and Greenup Helping Hands can use all the support they can get, to serve others in our community during this holiday season. 

Feeding the community

By Morgan Hall

The Greenup Beacon

Chuy’s Mexican Street Food recently shared via social media with an update on the upcoming “Feeding the Community” holiday dinner. 

“We will be having dinner at the Ashland YMCA on December 5th. Thank you to Brooke Yanik for allowing us to have it at the YMCA.”

The business shared their feelings in respect to the community dinner and high hopes for success.

“I am so excited this is coming to fruition, with god’s help and the entire community, we will make this event a success. 

Chuy partnered with New Life Bible Church, along with two of the best food trucks in town. Hillbilly Hibachi and Styes Guys BBQ will also be there serving the community. This will be a day where the entire community (from all neighboring counties) can come down and have a free meal.”

Brooke Yanik, the Fitness and Wellness Supervisor at the Ashland YMCA, shared her anticipation for the upcoming event, “The Ashland Area Ymca is excited to partner with New Life Bible Church, Chuy’s Mexican Street Food, Hillbilly Hibachi, and Styes Guys BBQ for a Free Community feeding. The Ashland Area YMCA is a centrally located safe haven for all. We are very community focused and driven. Our mission statement is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” A complimentary meal during the holidays aligns perfectly with our values.”

“We love giving back to the communities that support us. We are too blessed with Hillbilly Hibachi, not to give back,” commented Hillbilly Hibachi.

Stye Guys BBQ shared their sentiments regarding their participation in this upcoming event.

“We’re just happy to be a part of something that’s giving back to the community. So many of us have been in a situation where we were in need of help and there was nobody there, so when we find an opportunity and have the ability to help someone out, we do it.”

Pastor Dave Nees with New Life Bible Church partnered with Jesús Rangel of Chuy’s Guys Mexican Street Food. He attends church there. Nees elaborates on the efforts of the church, to be a ministry of support in the surrounding communities. “Each year, we try to help the community. Last year, we did full turkey baskets with a turkey for 115 people. This year, we didn’t have time to assemble due to losing my mother to cancer very quickly. But Jesus wanted us to still do something, just in a different way. So, we are partnering up with Chuys and we called and got Styes Guys BBQ, also Hillbilly Hibachi.”

Pastor Nees shares goals regarding this holiday community dinner. “Our goal is to try to help feed anyone that wants or needs a meal. It doesn’t matter if they are rich or poor, we just want to bless people that might be struggling or just want to enjoy a holiday meal. If they don’t have a meal or can’t afford one. We will have prayer teams there, to pray for people and also we will have a list of resources for people to get in contact with for anyone that might need help. My prayer is that we can maybe feed around 300 people at least with meals. We want to spread the Love of Christ with anyone that needs it.”

In conclusion, Chuy’s credits the continued support of their business.

“This is our way of saying thank you for all of your continued support. Save the date, Tuesday, December 5 at the Ashland YMCA. We are excited for this dinner. Thank you so much. We hope to see all of you there. Let’s make this event a huge success with food, music, and fellowship.”

Food donations can be dropped off at New Life Bible Church

916 Eastern Ave, Worthington KY

They still are needing food donations, such as: boxed mashed potatoes, canned corn, green beans.