$15 Entry to TXU Energy 2010 Turkey Trot Benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services ($25 Value)

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A fun run acquaints you with the city around you, helping you avoid disaster during future scavenger hunts and upcoming bouts of amnesia. Jog away calories for a cause with today’s Groupon. For $15, you’ll get entrance, a long-sleeve shirt, and post-run party food and drink at the 18th annual TXU Energy 2010 Turkey Trot, benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services and taking place on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 25, at 8 a.m. All proceeds help the nonprofit continue to promote the independence and dignity of more than 100,000 seniors and their caregivers. Participants must register online prior to November 19.

On the annual day of thanks, don a costume for a chance to win prizes, and waddle, stilt-walk, or mentally project yourself down to the race’s starting point at the Dillard’s parking lot on the corner of Westheimer Road and Post Oak Road. (For other changes to this year’s race, see the New This Year page.) You can opt to run a 5K or 10K. Bring your wound-up nephews to exercise all the energy out of them—kids under 12 run at 9:15 a.m. for $10 (register online).

Instead of assuming a fetal position on the floor and nodding off into a tryptophan-induced slumber, do something productive, kind, and calorie-burning on your day off. Running in a charitable race also merits guiltless second helpings of pumpkin pie, pumpkin mousse, or pumpkin pumpkin. If you’re stuck entertaining adult cousins who have baby hands, this Groupon gives you an escape excuse that relatives will find highly respectable.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 25, 2010. Amount paid never expires. May purchase multiple. Valid on 11/25 only. Must register online prior to 11/19. Kids pricing is different and can be purchased separately. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Sheltering Arms Senior Services

Founded in 1893, Sheltering Arms Senior Services has devoted more than a century to providing Houston’s elderly population with care, advocacy, and community support. Despite its long history, the nonprofit organization is only looking forward. Between 2011 and 2012, it provided seniors with 128,658 hours of personal-care assistance—including meal preparation and housekeeping—and fed 2,182 seniors a nutritious meal. And their specially designed Adult Day Center, which provides top-notch care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Factor in the organization's more than 20 Houston-area senior centers, where staffers offer recreational activities, health education, and legal advocacy, and it is clear that Sheltering Arms is only building upon its 120-year foundation.

Sheltering Arms' mission begins with its committed corps of staff members and volunteers. Certified nurses’ aides customize and implement home-care plans that include light housekeeping, meal prep, and medication reminders. Social workers advocate for members at risk of being institutionalized by managing their financial and health casework. Volunteers make daily safety checks on seniors who are living alone and organize arts-and-crafts classes, game nights, and dances.

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