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10th Annual Walk of Faith to Benefit Respite Care

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Walkers of all ages and their dogs will be stepping out on behalf of Faith in Action at the Walk of Faith on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Featuring a luau theme to celebrate its tenth anniversary, this two-mile walk in support of the respite care ministry of Faith in Action starts at Tillamook County General Hospital at 3 pm. A water break and blessing of the canine walkers will be available at St. Albans Episcopal Church along the route. A reception at the Tillamook United Methodist Church ends the walk.

Walk of Faith is for everyone, from babies in stroller to families and groups to individuals in wheelchairs. Family dogs are welcomed to participate, as they are great companions and often caregivers, too. Festivities and awards will include honoring of caregivers--human and canine--as well as awards for the best-behaved dogs. The first 20 dogs will receive a special "doggie bag" filled with treats donated by local businesses and individuals.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available at area churches and at the hospital information desk. Registration fees: Children under 12 years $5; dogs (leash required) $5; individuals $10; families, including the dog $25. There is no charge for participants in strollers or wheelchairs and their attendants.

Walkers, groups, and businesses are invited to become a champion of Faith in Action's respite care services by making a contributions as a Respite Champion at one of three levels: bronze $35, silver $50, and gold $100.

In the course of a lifetime, nearly everyone will find themselves providing some form of physical or emotional care to a friend or family member. Respite care gives the weary caregiver "time off" for personal time and energy renewal. Faith in Action offers respite care through in-home services and Wellspring respite day centers located at churches around Tillamook County.

Faith in Action volunteers offer hope, support, and friendship to the frail and elderly and people of all ages who battle chronic illness, mental illness, and disabilities through: in-home respite care, friendly visiting, house work, yard work, and minor home repairs. Faith in Action also operates Wellspring, an adult respite day care center that offers an affordable "day away" for caregivers 8 days per month at various Tillamook churches. For information about Faith in Action, call (503)-815-2272.