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Recap – LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run 2020

$15,000 Raised | 105 Runners | 75 Virtual Runners

The Turkey Trot 5K Run was a successful event on Thanksgiving morning raising close to $15,000 for LUM programs including youth programs, the food pantry, assistance programs and the homeless shelter. Due to COVID-19, participants were able to run virtually or live, in person (following strict protocols approved by the Health Department).

The weather on the morning of the run was beautiful. The 2020 Turkey Trot 5K Run engaged 105 live runners and 75 virtual runners; and raised $7,750 in corporate sponsorships. Thank you to all of our participants and donors. 

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and in-kind gifts, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Recap – LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast


750 Meals – 75 Turkeys – 112 Pies – 100 Volunteers

Despite COVID-19, the LUM Annual Community Thanksgiving Feast persisted and was a success. Many of our neighbors are struggling and need food. It is for this reason that LUM decided to re-imagine the event and make it curbside with meals packaged to go. Rather than open our doors and welcome our neighbors for a community event, LUM volunteers and staff safely greeted our guests outside and provided as many meals as they needed. Even though it was a curbside event it still brought together the entire community. 

The to-go meals included roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, stuffing (AKA dressing), bread, bottled water or milk, and a slice of pie. More than 750 meals were distributed — including 78 turkeys and 112 homemade piesCommunity Thanksgiving Feast takes over two months of planning, engages more than 100 volunteers and requires approximately $10,000 in donations to make it happen.

Thanks to Jess Avila, who directed the event; and Phil Butera, who headed up the kitchen crew. LUM is especially grateful to Central Presbyterian Church for use of their facilities as well as Indiana State Representative Sheila Klinker for mingling with our guests. A special thanks also to all who donated food and gave financial support. It was a magical community event and a wonderful community Thanksgiving holiday celebration for all.

To view the list of all of our Event Sponsors, including monetary donations and donations of needed supplies and food, click HERE.

To view more PHOTOS, click HERE.

Pictured L to R: Sheila Klinker, Jess Avila, Phil Butera & Wes Tillett, LUM executive director.

One Week to Help LUM Thanksgiving Events


LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

On Thanksgiving day, Lafayette Urban Ministry will host the Community Thanksgiving Feast at noon at Central Presbyterian Church. At the first LUM Thanksgiving event 34 years ago, 75 people attended. This year, LUM will distribute more than 800 meals including over 75 turkeys and 112 pies. The fixin’s will include stuffing (dressing), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce & gravy. Everyone is welcome, no reservations are necessary, and it’s FREE.

Due to COVID-19, the meal will be the same but everything else will be different. Here are some of the modifications for 2020:

  • To-Go meals only, distributed curbside with no contact
  • Guests must not attend if sick, must line up outside on markers, six feet apart with a mask on, and must allow their temperature to be checked and recorded and sign a waiver
  • Volunteers will be limited to the minimal number needed, must be at least 18 years old, will be screened and must follow strict health & safety protocols

Won’t you consider a donation to support this important holiday tradition? 

Cash and food donations are still being accepted. Donate online at lumserve.org. For more information, go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving.


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If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Turkey Trot 5K Run – Live & Virtual


Turkey Trot 5K Run – THIS Thursday

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

The Turkey Trot 5K Run is a Thanksgiving morning run that directly supports LUM including youth programs, the food pantry, assistance programs and the homeless shelter. Despite COVID-19, LUM is still holding the 2020 Turkey Trot 5K Run, under a plan approved by the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

The Live Race will be limited to 250 Live Runners with different starting times (7:40, 8, 8:20, 8:40, and 9 a.m.). All runners will socially distance and wear face masks. There will be no on-site registration, packets must be picked up in advance, and runners will arrive only 15 minutes before their start time. 

LUM is also offering a Virtual Race utilizing an App which automatically records race times and allows runners to post photos. 

The Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Morning
  • Registration Fee:
  • Live Race: $50 per person (includes TT5K T-shirt & timing chip)
  • Virtual Runners: $25 Adult, $10 Youth (includes TT5K T-shirt)
  • Location: the Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Area – staging in parking lot behind Christina & Company, Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Thanksgiving Day 5K Run – Great Cause


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).

Thanksgiving Feast – NEEDS You!


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Two LUM Thanksgiving Day Events NEED You!


Community Thanksgiving Feast

Event Info | Donate Food | Donate $ | Volunteer | Sponsor

Due to COVID-19, the Community Thanksgiving Feast will be a carry-out only event. The director is still planning to serve more than 800 meals, and she’d love to have you get involved in some way.
You may bake pies, prepare casseroles, donate money, volunteer and donate other food items and supplies. The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Admission: FREE – All are welcome
  • Donate: to make cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE
  • More information: go to lumserve.org/thanksgiving

Make a difference this Thanksgiving holiday — donate your time cooking, serving, entertaining, hosting, greeting, setting up, cleaning up, and more. Online sign ups are open NOW.


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Thanksgiving Celebration

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | thanks@lumserve.org).


Turkey Trot 5K Run

Event Info | Virtual Runner | Live Runner | Volunteer Sponsor

Don’t forget to get registered for the most festive 5K run of the year — the LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run. It’s open to runners of all ages and abilities and welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons, turkey hats and more — and participants will be able to chose between being a “Live Runner” or a “Virtual Runner.”

  • Live Runners ($50) will each have a “staggered” check-in and start-time to maintain social distancing and run on the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette on Thanksgiving morning.
  • Virtual Runners ($25/$10) will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.

Everyone gets a Turkey Trot 5K Run T-shirt and the fastest get a trophy. You’ll also feel great about helping your neighbors through the programs at Lafayette Urban Ministry and building wonderful memories for a lifetime with your family & friends.

If your business or group would like to become an event sponsor, call or email us (765-423-2691 | turkeytrot@lumserve.org).

Turkey Trot 5K – Social Contract


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Turkey Trot 5K Run
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Lafayette, Indiana


As a participant in the Turkey Trot 5K Run on Thursday, November 26, 2020, I verify that I have read, understand, and accept the terms of this Social Contract. In registering for the Turkey Trot 5K Run, I agree to adhere to all of the following conditions in order to protect myself, my fellow runners, and any staff or volunteers associated with the event; and my submission of the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form shall act as my legal signature. I promise to:

  • Wear a mask when arriving on site and keep it on until I cross the
    starting line. Put my mask back on after crossing the finish line.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6ft from anyone not in my
    family group at the starting line and finish line and while anywhere
    in the staging area.
  • Social distancing X’s will be taped on the ground in front of
    the start line. All runners must use them.
  • Pick up my race packet, bib, and t-shirt IN ADVANCE.
    There will be NO on-site packet pick-up.
  • Not attend the race if I am exhibiting any COVID-like or other
    illness type symptoms, including but not limited to: fever, cough,
    loss of taste or smell, sneezing, sore/scratchy throat.
  • Not arrive at the staging area more than 15 minutes prior to
    my scheduled start time.
  • Leave as soon as I am able after finishing the race. Please
    do not cross through the staging area, or interfere with runners just
    starting their race.

I have read the above Social Contract, and by submitting the Turkey Trot 5K Run registration form I understand and agree with all of the terms of the contract.

LUM Programs Persist & Thrive in 2020


Jubilee Christmas & Community Thanksgiving

LUM program directors have been thinking about how COVID-19 will impact this year’s Jubilee Christmas (12/12) and Community Thanksgiving Celebration (11/26). At LUM, we are committed to offering both programs in some form this year. Families will still need assistance with Christmas, the community will still appreciate a free Thanksgiving celebration, and the leadership and members of our member churches will still want to offer assistance. Hopefully things will be much better in December but decisions will be made by mid-September.

LUM suggests that you continue to support Jubilee Christmas & the Community Thanksgiving Celebration as you have in past years. Cash donation to these programs would be best, but you may also donate “needed items” to each program. Thank you and your continued support of LUM, Jubilee Christmas and the Community Thanksgiving Celebration. To make an online donation, click the button below. To view the list of needed items, click HERE.


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Hunger Hike – An Exciting New Twist

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a year of great changes for Hunger Hike, and the event is going to be unique and more exciting than ever. Hunger Hike 2020 will kick off on Sunday, September 13 starting a week-long challenge for “Hikers” and “Teams.” Individuals & groups can create online fundraising pages for themselves and their team and begin fundraising today. They will also be encouraged to create a “personal challenge” for the week or participate in a leaderboard challenge with other members of their fundraising team to see who can get the most steps — using a mobile app.

The centerpiece of the event will take place on Sunday, September 20 at 1:00 pm with the Hunger Hike livestream event, featuring local celebrities, speakers and entertainment to help celebrate and raise funds for Hunger Hike. The hike raises money to support the important work of Lafayette Urban Ministry, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., and the St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry.


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LUM Programs – Save the Dates – Get Engaged

Planning for a Better Tomorrow


Hunger Hike  (Sunday, September 20)

– Join us in the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally — by participating in Hunger Hike 2020. Hunger Hike offers many ways for individuals, churches, groups, organizations, teams, families and companies to raise funds to fight hunger. Walk and raise funds on your own or create a Team and raise funds as a group. Make a donation online, support a Team & become a Corporate Sponsor.

Hunger Hike benefits Lafayette Urban Ministry Food Programs, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. and St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry. If an outdoor event is not feasible the committee is exploring a virtual event. Find everything you need to start fundraising on the Hunger Hike website — go to hungerhike.org.


Port of Hope  (Thursday, November 5)

– Port of Hope is an evening fundraising event in support of the LUM  Immigration Clinic . For many families in our community the LUM Immigration Clinic is their “Port of Hope.” Please support the work of the LUM Immigration Clinic by attending Port of Hope. Port of Hope is a festive event with lots of food from local restaurants, a Market Place featuring unique experiences and items from around the world and entertainment by musicians from around the world.


Turkey Trot 5K Run  (Thursday, November 26)

– Start off your Thanksgiving day with the Turkey Trot 5K Run at 8 a.m. on the Cattail Trail Loop, Celery Bog Nature Area, West Lafayette. Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, wagons & turkey hats are welcome. All Turkey Trot 5K Run proceeds benefit local families through the programs and services at Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Community Thanksgiving Celebration  (Thursday, November 26)

– The LUM Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration is on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (Lafayette). More than 800 people will be served dinner and dessert, and you may be a part of this special program by preparing food, volunteering or making a donation.


Jubilee Christmas  (Saturday, December 12)

– LUM Jubilee Christmas serves more than 600 families impacting more than 1,800 children. Parents visit one of dozens of churches and shop for their children. In addition to the toys and clothes, each family also receives a ham and homemade cookies to make Christmas dinner special too.


COVID-19 Response – Planning for these events is well underway. LUM is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily, and the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff members are the highest priority. The event planning teams are hopeful that these events will be better than ever this year, and alternative plans are being explored for virtual or mix platform programs. Check the LUM website for the most up-to-date information on each event. PLEASE – Save the dates and support LUM and these important events.