Nearly a month after The Week of the Young Child ended, Virginia's House in Graham is still hard at work advocating for Texoma children who have suffered from abuse. Saturday the organization got a big boost from an annual fundraiser, The Run For The Children.
Hundreds gathered in downtown Graham to compete for a cash prizes in a 5 or 10k run. The grand finale of the Run for the Children was a fun run by kids who showed up for the days festivities.
Jared Carter works with Run For The Children. He said, "The whole idea is to get people out that love to run and we bring this race together so we can draw them in. What we try and do is raise as much money as possible so that we can give a financial donation to Virginias House so they can further their mission".
Staff members from Virginias House were excited to raise awareness about their work, which is often done behind the scenes. Kayla Voorhees works at Virginia's House as a Forensic Interviewer. She said, "We impact the community in a lot of different ways mostly unseen. We work with the families that are really hurting. They're having a difficult time in their lives and we do everything we can to be supportive.
Money raised through registration, sponsorships and donations will go toward education, support and advocacy for children. Final numbers have not been calculated but before this week, Run for the Children had already raised more than $17,000 for Virginia's House.