Thanksgiving Events Adapt to COVID-19
Thanksgiving Event & Turkey Trot 5K Need YOU
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, encourages us to focus on the things for which we are thankful. He is thankful for the Community Thanksgiving Feast, Turkey Trot 5K Run -- and YOU, our faithful volunteers and donors. Please take 61 seconds to watch the video — and share with others.
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One Week to Help LUM Thanksgiving Events
LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast
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 For more information, go to
Turkey Trot 5K Run - Live & Virtual
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
Saw Mill Run Homeowners Support LUM
SMRHA Donates $700 to LUM Jubilee Christmas
The Saw Mill Run Homeowners Association canceled their fall & winter events and decide to pay it forward by donating the budgeted amounts for these programs to Lafayette Urban Ministry and two other local nonprofits.

Gayle Koning, SMRHA treasurer, & Scott McCormick, SMRHA president, recently presented Wes Tillett, LUM executive director with a check for $700, which they designated to support LUM Jubilee Christmas.

LUM is fortunate to have such loving and supportive neighbors as the Saw Mill Run Homeowners Association members. If you or your homeowners association, organization or business wishes to support LUM, including the Jubilee Christmas program, in a similar way, please email or call us ( | 765-423-2691).