Gathering at table with family and friends, what could be better? Well, those participating in the eighth annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot think helping those in need is a great way to share the blessings of the season.
Second Harvest Food Bank, Housing Trust of Santa Clara County and Santa Clara County Children's Health Initiative, will benefit this year from the 11 competitive runs that are scheduled for this year's Turkey Trot on Nov. 22 in downtown San Jose. Among those participating will be members of Palmer College of Chiropractic which is just right around the corner from The Second Harvest Food Bank on North First Street. The Food Bank serves Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties providing 45 million pounds of food a year. Since the onset of the recession the need continues to increase.
Reaching out to the community and helping local charities is a tradition among chiropractors and Palmer College likes to carry on that tradition. "In particular, we’re gearing up for participation in the Turkey Trot," said Chuck Bustillos, communications director for the chiropractic college's West Campus on East Tasman Drive in San Jose. He told this reporter that "last year it featured more than 22,000 participants in a Thanksgiving morning fundraiser that benefits three local organizations (and last year, noted Bustillos, the Trot raised more than $600K for local charities)."
The outreach to charities, especially to food banks is something that Palmer College sees as vital in the chiropractic practice of all their graduates. "I think charity work is an appropriate part of every health care practice and truly does contribute to the healing of the community as a whole as opposed to day to day one person at a time in the office," said Christopher DeMartini, a Chiropractic Neurologist, at California Neurohealth, in Palo Alto. He recalls how much the college urged its students to volunteer to charities, especially those that impact the local community in which they serve.
Chiropractor David Ressler of Ressler Chiropractic (formerly known as Westborough Chiropractic), makes a point of collecting food for the Food Bank each year, he has even had food drives during the summer months to help remind his patients and clients that hunger is all year round not only during the holidays.
"Second Harvest does a great job taking care of many hungry," said Ressler. "I take my kids with me when taking in the donations so they can see how important giving is, and to see how massive the operation is. Too many people need food, even on the Peninsula," he said.
The cost of living keeps rising while unemployment impacts communities. More people in the $10,000 to $20,000.00 per year income bracket range are finding it harder to afford food. This is especially so for families with children. And, according to at least two reports in the past two years, The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Food Index cite that the rising cost of living is causing working class and traditionally middle class income people to seek help with food costs.
This is becoming even more prevailing in not only major cities like San Francisco, where chiropractor David York of Advantage Chiropractic has his practice but also in affluent areas along the San Francisco Peninsula. "I have a food drive every year," said York. His annual collection in December goes to the San Francisco Food Bank. Looking back on his years at Palmer College he said, "I do remember having to volunteer at a food bank for some class. So they not only encouraged it, but required it," said York.
Bastillos made mention that Palmer College has a high-profile presence at the Turkey Trot event, in San Jose."And, for the fourth year in a row our 22-segment foam Spine will provide “
'the backbone' of the event," he said."Our Sports Council, featuring clinical faculty and interns, will provide pre- and post-race care for those who walk, run or 'trot.' Also, our student government is once again organizing an on-campus donation drive for the 'Can-Do Challenge,' said Bastillos; which asks Turkey Trot participants to bring four canned food items to support local food banks."
The Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, was founded and produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation in 2004. Since that time the total amount given to charity has exceeded $2.2 million."
There are several events to choose from in the 5K and 10K runs and walks, along with a kid’s fun run. Elite runners, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the downtown San Jose course, which is flat, fast and flows through neighborhoods and business areas. Runners can choose between any of our timed or non-timed categories to participate in. For more information visit the web site or call 909-874-5480