Daniel’s Den of Ellis County is hosting a Virtual 5K Fun Run or Walk through Saturday, Oct. 31, for people to wear their costumes and masks to benefit the homeless. People can participate from anywhere in the world, at any time, and run or walk at their convenience.

“We encourage you to get up and moving for a great cause in your house, yard, park, gym or anywhere you want to get active,” a spokesman said. “But if you are unable to do that, get in your costume and masks and take your picture celebrating our event with us by just being yourself.”

Registration is $30 per participant age 16 and older; $20 per participant younger than 16. Prizes offered in several categories. Register online at the event website, https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Waxahachie/SpookOutHomelessness.

Participants are asked to post their time on the registration site and to post a photo or 15-second video also that can be shared by the nonprofit on its Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as its website, https://Danielsdenelliscounty.org. Photos and videos also can be emailed to the vent email, spookouthomelessness@gmail.com.

“Pets are welcome,” the spokesman said. “Have fun alone or with your team and support Daniel’s Den and Samaritan’s House of Ellis County. Raise more donations with peer to peer fundraising and challenging your team to raise the most.”

Prizes will be given at the event’s conclusion for the captain of the largest team, most donations raised, most distant participant from Waxahachie and the first to complete and post their race.

“Have fun raising support for the homeless,” the spokesman said. “All proceeds will benefit Daniel’s Den and support services for our homeless friends. This year has left many without jobs and forced friends and family into homelessness who now need our compassion and support to get back on track with their lives.”

Daniel’s Den of Ellis County is a faith-based, not-for-profit 501(c)3 that provides emergency assistance to residents and travelers. Its mission is to restore and strengthen the lives of the homeless in Ellis County through a closer relationship with God and mentoring. Emergency assistance in the form of transportation needs, food, clothing or emergency shelter is available. Transitional housing is available for an average of six months at Samaritan’s House for single women, single women with children and legally married couples with children. The support provided can include food, transportation, job training and educational need, medical and spiritual care and day care when needed. More than 40% of the nonprofit’s clients are children.

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