Iowa Park Man Fights Against Hunger Among Senior Citizens

An Iowa Park man is pulling his weight when it comes to fighting hunger in Iowa Park.

Actually, he is pulling a lot more than his weight during a 5K walk and run benefiting the Iowa Park Meals on Wheels Program this morning.

Folks who came out were able to cheer on an Iowa Park man who helped the event "pull" in funds to feed the hungry.

Landon Watts is a personal trainer in Iowa Park and he was "geared" up to help raise money for the Meals on Wheels Program there today. 

The 10-ton semi was no match as Landon pulled the rig 40 yards!

"Oh, I'm just so proud of him," his Grandmother Jamie Knecht said.

Landon's feat of strength was part of today's 5K walk and run at Gordon Lake in Iowa Park.

He says he was happy to help out the friendly door senior citizen's center since members of his family have benefited from Meals on Wheels in the past.

"When my husband's grandmother when it first opened she was one of the first members. Then my mom and my stepdad eat there everyday until my mom passed away," Knecht said.

The event started out with a 5K walk and run around Gordon Lake and a tire flipping contest.

Executive Director Jeri Vassar says she's just happy so many people came out to support the community's seniors.

"The most exciting part is just seeing the community come together for a great cause. It's fantastic to see people open their hearts for the seniors of Iowa Park" Vassar said.

Friendly Door currently feeds 60 in-house seniors and another 120 through the Meals on Wheels Program where workers bring the food right to their front doorstep.

Organizers say the event on Saturday raised nearly $2,000 for the local program and they plan on organizing it again for next year.

 

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