Stepping Stone has been working hard the last year and a half to keep COVID out of the shelter, but in October, it hit like a tsunami! Acting quickly, they moved their 66 residents to a local hotel to effectively social distance. When Paul Moore, pastor of Chain of Lakes Church in Blaine, heard of this, he wanted to gather the community together and help Stepping Stone with the extra costs. “We needed a fundraiser to support Stepping Stone as they recover from their own COVID crisis. They are an important part of the fabric of the community and this walk is a way to share appreciation for them.” Paul reached out to his contacts and began organizing Waddle Off Your Gobble.
One of those community members is Bradley Hunt, Financial Advisor with Thrivent. “People find a lot of joy and excitement during this time of year, but the holidays can be difficult for many, as well. I love that Stepping Stone is doing whatever it takes to provide shelter for those in need, while offering programs and services focused on creating self-sufficiency for their residents. At Thrivent, we are passionate about living out our Christian values, and the Waddle Off Your Gobble event gives us a fun opportunity to encourage our clients to engage with a meaningful cause.”