|MANATEE COUNTY, FL – Walk a Mile in their Shoes for Homeless Children and their Families returns to Coquina Beach for their second annual event this Saturday, April 5, to raise awareness of the problem of homeless kids in our communities.
The Walk, which launched in early 2013, offers participants a 1 Mile Family Fun Walk on the beach, along with fun activities for the whole family, including a Sand Sculpture Competition between High Schools where kids are coming together to help other kids in need. While the label “homeless” conjures a variety of images of people in crisis, rarely does it include the image of children. Yet the reality is that there are thousands of homeless kids in Manatee & Sarasota County every year.
According to the National Center on Family Homelessness children experiencing homelessness are sick four times more often than other children. They have four times as many respiratory infections, twice as many ear infections, five times more gastro intestinal problems and are four times more likely to have asthma. These children have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies and go hungry at twice the rate of other children. They also have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children.
The Family Fun Walk will be held this Saturday, April 5 at South Coquina Beach.
Registration and check-in is at 4:00pm. Register at www.TurningPointsWalk.org
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Turning Points is the state recognized homeless coalition. Our mission is to provide, facilitate and coordinate services to people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. More information is available at www.tpmanatee.org