10th annual walk benefits Arlington Night Shelter
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by Sally Claunch
Children taking refuge in the Arlington Night Shelter are getting a helping hand from Allan Saxe, political science associate professor.
Dr. Saxe is sponsoring Big Al's 10th Annual Walk for the Children beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Activities Building.
The one-mile and 2 1/2-mile walks will begin at 4 p.m.
Participants will take pledges for the distance they walk to raise money for baby formula, diapers, milk, support groups, structured activities and nursing services for pregnant women and infants.
Participants can pick up a pledge form in the Liberal Arts Constituency Council office in 219 University Hall or at the Arlington Night Shelter at 325 W. Division St.
Saxe said he expects about 350 to 500 people to participate.
He said the event is a good way for the shelter to raise money and community awareness.
"There are an awful lot of people down there at the shelter," he said. "About one-third of the people are women and children. We've had children down there as young as 2 days old."
He said the walk usually raises about $5,000.
Carol Rhodes, fund development consultant for the shelter, said the event is usually a run, but this year it will be a walk so families, elderly and disabled people can participate.
"This is very important," she said. "It's the main way they provide a lot of the services for the kids. There are more kids now than ever - we really need the money."
The shelter's executive director, Becky Orander, said the children's needs are acute.
"We are seeing more and more children every day," she said. "Children are the true victims of poverty."
She said that 22 children were in the shelter Wednesday. Seven of them were 1 year old, and the majority of them were preschoolers. Sixty percent of the families have open cases with Child Protective Services.
She said the shelter tries to provide a healthy environment for the children, both physically and emotionally.
"We have Girl Scouts and Camp Fire every week," she said. "We try to make it as homelike as possible because children need consistency."
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