Run for Hunger aids food bank

It's great to have helpful neighbors.

When Melissa Shandor moved to Mount Pleasant in June 2005, she took a little time to get settled in, and then mentioned to her neighbor that she was looking for volunteer opportunities. That neighbor was Harry Lassiter, who heads the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry.

Within a month, Melissa said, she was on the board of directors for the ministry Harry had started that past May.

So Melissa Shandor has been part of the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry almost since its inception. Now she's heading the second Run For Hunger, a 5K fundraiser to benefit the food ministry.

One thing Melissa really appreciates about the Food Ministry is that 98.6 percent of the money it brings in goes to buying food. Only 1.4 percent of it is spent on administrative costs, like phone service and postage. So when you give to or participate in a Mount Pleasant Food Ministry fundraiser, you know you are directly helping people.

The Run For Hunger will be part of the town's Independence Day celebration on June 26. Registration for the 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. behind Town Hall. You can register in advance at (search for "Run For Hunger" ) or at Moose Pharmacy in Mount Pleasant. Runners can also pick up their race packets on the night of June 25 at the pharmacy.

All registered runners will get T-shirts and goody bags with items donated by a variety of businesses. Melissa estimated the bags will have at least $25 worth of gifts and coupons. Medals will be awarded to the overall winners, male and female, and to the top male and female in each age group.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m. Then a one-mile Fun Run for kids 13 and younger will start at 9. All the kids will get T-shirts, and everyone gets a medal for participating.

Last year about 100 runners enjoyed a scenic run through the countryside of eastern Cabarrus County. Melissa hopes to double that number this year. It's going to be a great way to help a great ministry, so even if you don't compete, come out to support the Mount Pleasant Food Ministry and cheer the runners as they finish.

Summer reading begins

It has become an annual tradition at my house: the summer reading program at Mount Pleasant Library. Each year, every member of my family signs up to read books and win prizes. There are weekly drawings for children, teenagers and adults, and an assortment of prizes.

Register for the Summer Reading Program anytime June 14 at the Mount Pleasant Library. But remember the library is closed from 1 to 2 p.m.