Local Couple Challenges the Colorado Trail for the Kids

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Kids Aid provides food to more than 2,000 children each week by sending food during the weekend gap with the Kids Aid Backpack Program.

Now, during the COVID-19 crisis, kids aid has been feeding even more families causing a large new gap to fill , and one Grand Junction couple is taking many extra steps to do their part to help. Actually, Doug and Melinda McCaw will take 490 miles of extra steps on the Colorado Trail to make sure kids don’t go hungry.

Doug says, “What we do out on the trail and what not. Food is incredibly important to us. Growing up without necessarily having food available is kinda unthinkable.”

Imagine running a marathon everyday over an average of 10,000 feet for 18 days straight. That’s goal one. Goal 2: Raise $100,000 to feed kids in need while running, and survive the sun in July while doing it. Melinda and Doug plan to complete the entire 490 mile Colorado Trail in 18 days starting on July 16th, and their doing it for donations to help the kids.

If you think this Colorado couple is doing all this to get out of the house during COVID-19, think again. Melinda says, “We’ve been working on this over a year so, obviously we’re not just doing it because we’re sick of being inside the house. That would be my first answer, and I’ve told so many people I’m doing it, I can’t back down now. I can’t stop knowing that these kids could benefit from what we’re doing. So, I’m all in.”

The local husband and wife team are running and raising money for two non-profits: “The Kids Aid Backpack Program”, and the 100 year old Colorado Christian school, “Intermountain Adventist Academy.”

You can follow Doug and Melinda on their 18-day run, and make donations on their website: http://helpelevatekids.com and Facebook page: http://facebook.com/helpelevatekids/

For more information on Kids Aid, or to make a donation and change a child’s life click here: http://kidsaidcolorado.org

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