Meet Community Thanksgiving Feast Team
LUM Fall Programs - Coming Soon!
In this edition of Wes's Weekly Wrap Up, Wes Tillett, LUM executive director, invites you to run with him at this year's Turkey Trot 5K Run. Many precautions are being taken to make possible to run live or you may choose to run virtually. Go to to sign up. Please take 61 seconds to watch the video — and share with others.
Meet Jess - New LUM Thanksgiving Director
Jess Avila - LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast
Jess Avila is the new director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast. She is responsible for all aspects of the annual celebration where more than 800 free meals will be distributed on Thanksgiving (11/26) at Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette.

Jess is originally from Liberty, New York, and moved to West Lafayette with her family. She graduated from Harrison High School, served in the US Army Reserves for four years, earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech Community College in Child Development, and a BA in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Pre-Law from Purdue University. She still lives in West Lafayette and is engaged to be married to Phil in 2021. They have 15 nieces and nephews and three cats (Tucker, Bentley & Panther). Jess is a personal trainer, youth exercise specialist & nutrition coach with a local fitness center; and head girls basketball and track & field coach at Klondike Middle School. With LUM, Jess & Phil have volunteered for more than six years including the Community Thanksgiving Feast (pictured).

Jess shares that “I am most happy when I am helping others both people and animals.” She finds inspiration in “young people who give us this bright light and hope for a better future." She has great empathy for families struggling with poverty and food insecurity. Jess shared that, "My mom did her best but needed help and sometimes we were left feeling worthless, hopeless, sad, scared and confused because we needed that help." Jess admires LUM, sharing that, "I see all of the LUM staff members working to serve while 'restoring dignity,' as stated in the mission statement."

Jess enjoys nature (kayaking, hiking, running, biking, and feeding wild animals), cooking, reading, watching movies, comedy, activism and social justice, being a Purdue & New York Jets fan, watching and playing sports, hanging out at home with Phil, and ranch dressing.

LUM is fortunate to have Jess Avila join the LUM staff.
The LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast details are as follows:
  • Date: Thursday, November 26
  • Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Place: Central Presbyterian Church, 31 N 7th St., Lafayette
  • Donate: To make a cash donation or donate food & needed items, click HERE
  • Volunteer: to sign up to volunteer, click HERE

All are welcome! The event is free, but this year due to COVID-19, the event will offer to-go meals only. For more information: go to
The LUM Turkey Trot 5K Run details are as follows:
  • Live Runners will each have a "staggered" check-in & start-time to maintain social distancing
  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 26
  • Start Times: 7:30 – 9 a.m.
  • Registration Fee: $50 per person (includes TT5K T-shirt & timing chip)
  • Route: the scenic Cattail Trail Loop in the Celery Bog Nature Center in West Lafayette
  • Virtual Runners will be able to run on Thanksgiving morning -OR- at a time and location of their choice.
  • Choose Your Own: Date, Time & Route
  • Registration Fee: $25 Adult, $10 Youth (includes TT5K T-shirt)
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Purdue Timmy Global Support Continues
School Supplies Drive & Pen Pals
The members of Purdue Timmy Global Health have consistently been supportive of LUM, especially the LUM After School Program — and COVID-19 has not stopped them this year. Purdue Timmy members recently sponsored a "School Supplies Drive" to benefit LUM and launched a weekly Pen Pal program matching LUM students with Purdue Timmy members. LUM has been thankful for the support of Purdue Timmy but is especially appreciative this year considering the challenges of 2020. {Pictured is the current Purdue Timmy Global Health leadership team.} If you or your group, organization or business wishes to support LUM Youth Programs in a similar way, please email or call Kristi Hogue ( | 765-423-2691).