ROANOKE, Va (WFXR) — Turkey day is dashing towards us and that means, of course, so is the Roanoke Rescue Mission’s largest annual fundraiser. The “Drumstick Dash” helps serve over 200,000 meals annually to those in need.

A lot of dashers got the chance Saturday to pick up their race packets.
Event manager, Kevin Berry, tells WFXR news he expects between 8,000-10,000 people to flock to the race route on thanksgiving morning.

Berry says the importance of this fundraiser – and what it helps provide to guests at the Rescue Mission – can’t be overstated.

“The importance of a meal can’t be understated, really it is a way for the Rescue Mission to be able to make a connection with folks that come to us for help,” said Berry.

Berry says he hopes the “Drumstick Dash” encourages the community to get involved with the work of the rescue mission—adding that it’s not too late to sign up if you want to take part.