Hundreds of runners and walkers will ‘flock’ to Vera Lloyd’s Monticello campus on November 17 for the largest 5K in Southeast Arkansas, the 7th Annual Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run. The event gets underway at 9 a.m.

Funds raised will be invested in caring for boys and girls, between the ages of 6 and 21, from all over Arkansas, who are either in foster care or leaving the juvenile justice system. The funds are also used to assist homeless and near homeless families in crisis to reestablish their lives through Vera Lloyd’s new Families in Transition (FIT) program.

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services has cared for children, youth and families in need for more than 100 years. It was established as a day nursery in Monticello in 1910. Vera Lloyd provides boys and girls who have been abused, abandoned, neglected or adjudicated with a nurturing home environment where they can heal from trauma. On its 45-acre property, hundreds of youth and families every year are kept safe from abuse, learn living skills, reach treatment plan goals, improve their grades and create pathways to a successful future.