A 5K run and 1-mile walk/run fundraiser for the foster-support group Rooted drew more than 125 participants and dozens of volunteers to downtown Burr Oak Saturday.
Tiffany Wagler, executive director of the newly developed non-profit organization, said she and her husband, Rob, are humbled by the level of support.
Proceeds will go to Rooted’s general fund. Wagler explained that Rooted fills in the gaps for kids going into the foster-care system as well as helps secure guardianship families.
Children taken from an unsafe environment are provided clothes, bedding and toiletries, as well as wellness checks for conditions such as head lice and bedbugs.
Rooted has aided more than 40 children so far this year, the Waglers said.
It is overseen by a six-member board, it is on Facebook and its website is rootedsjc.com.