Wednesday, October 27, 2010

31 Days of Service - Day 26 Nutty Putty Cyclers

Last year there was a tragic caving accident in Utah. A man, John Jones, caving with his brothers, got stuck in the popular "Nutty Putty Caves." He died in the cave, leaving behind a pregnant wife and a baby. The story was huge in Utah, and well-known throughout the LDS world. It was also a huge story here in Roanoke. Why? This is the home of the John's wife, Emily.
It has been just short of a year since the accident. Emily is now the mother of Elizabeth (age 2) and John (infant). Emily's brother, Dan, along with some friends, have formed the Nutty Putty Bike Trip. This bike trip was originally intended to raise money for Emily's family, but has since transformed into a nationwide fundraiser to benefit desperate widows and widowers across the country. Beginning October 4, 2010, Eric Maughan (Emily's friend), Jonathan Miller (Emily's cousen), and Dan Petersen (Emily's brother), will bike from Virginia Beach, Virginia to the Pacific Coast of San Diego, California. The purpose of the bike trip is to raise funds for the Liz Logelin Foundation, a charity that supplies grants and support to widows and widowers who have recently lost a spouse.
These guys need help in their cross-country journey. All the money raised is going to the Liz Logelin Foundation, and not to them. What the guys could use is a free yard to camp in, or a guest bedroom, or a hot meal or two donate along their route path. They have traveled from Virginia to Florida, and will now work their way from Florida to California. Do you or anyone you know live along that path? Got some extra space in your backyard for some guys with tents? Contact them and help them out!

Here's their travel schedule-
25-Oct Tallahassee, FL
26-Oct Marianna, FL
27-Oct DeFuniak Springs, FL
28-Oct Pensacola, FL
29-Oct Pleasant Grove, FL
30-Oct Grand Bay , AL
31-Oct Theodore

1-Nov Perkinston, MS
2-Nov Bogalusa, LA
3-Nov Chipola, LA
4-Nov Baton Rouge, LA
5-Nov Simmesport, LA
6-Nov Lebeau, LA
7-Nov Opelousas, LA

8-Nov Oberlin, LA
9-Nov Bleakwood, TX
10-Nov Kountze, TX
11-Nov New Waverly, TX
12-Nov Burton, TX
13-Nov Austin, TX
14-Nov Austin, TX

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