June 11, 2014 


Contact: Bevin Theodore 

Director of PR & Communications 



Run, walk Jingle in July to help children in KidsPeace Foster Care 

The 5K-run and 1-mile walk are Sat., July 12 at Gring’s Mill Park in Wyomissing 


WYOMISSING – Get in the holiday spirit a little early this year by participating in a Christmas-themed race to benefit children in KidsPeace’s Reading Foster Care and Community Programs.

Jingle in July, a 5K run and 1-mile walk through Gring’s Mill Park in Wyomissing, starts at 8:30 a.m., Sat., July 12. The course, which consists of shaded, flat, cinder paths, winds along the historic Union Canal by the Tulpehocken Creek. Race-day registration starts at 7 a.m., and the event will be followed by awards, food and raffles. Pretzel City Sports will time the race.

Costumes are encouraged, and each participant will be given a string of bells to “jingle all the way” through the festive race. In past years, Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, elves and sugar plum fairies have been among the race contestants.

A race-day toy drive will be held to benefit children in foster care. Participants are asked to donate unwrapped toys or gift cards for children and young adults from infant through age 21. Everything collected will be distributed during the holiday season. All money raised from the race will go to support foster parents and children and help make their holidays a little brighter.

Register for the race online at For additional information, or to volunteer, visit the special events page on or contact the Reading FCCP office at 610-921-0130 or email

About KidsPeace 

For 132 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit Follow us at or on Twitter @KidsPeace.