Runners to light up the night for food bank

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It's time to flicker your flashlights for a local food bank.

On Dec. 31, the 7th annual Flashlight 5K returns to the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville to raise money for the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry.

Runners need only bring their racing attire, while volunteers are asked to tote a flashlight with fresh batteries to light up the event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. with a dedication and prayer service. The race begins at 6 p.m.

Advanced registration is $25 and registration on the day of the race is $30 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the food bank. Last year, 665 race participants raised $10,000 for the cause.

A dri-fit shirt and a pizza dinner is included with the registration fee. Winners will receive top-three trophies in several categories.

According to its website, the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry is a nonprofit organization that aims to "assist those in need by providing food, limited emergency financial assistance for utilities and prescription drugs. We also offer assistance by connecting those in need with various helping sources in the community. We seek to help clients identify ways to achieve self-sufficiency."

For more information, visit www.lawrencevilleco-op.org.

First United Methodist Church is located at 395 W. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.