Walkathon benefits nonprofit maternity home

LIVINGSTON -- The first annual Miles for Mary Walkathon rallied a large group Friday night in support of House of Mary, a new nonprofit organization in Polk County.
House of Mary will be a maternity home for pregnant women and teens needing a place to live during their pregnancy. Along with housing, House of Mary will offer classes teaching basic life skills and community connections giving them more opportunity to provide for their babies not only spiritually and mentally but physically and emotionally as well.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the building fund for the House of Mary maternity homes.

The evening began with a spaghetti dinner provided by the First Baptist Church Relay for Life team. Following dinner was a short rally before kicking off the all night walkathon event on the First Baptist Church grounds.

Around the track, teams and individuals were encouraged to set up tents and build campfires. These areas served as “rest stops” for the participants throughout the 12-hour event.

Prior to the event, registered participants were encouraged to raise funds by gathering pledges for miles they planned to walk. Prizes were awarded to anyone reaching $250 raised and also for the top earning individual and top earning team.

The walkathon ended with a hot breakfast, announcing of prize winners, and closing remarks made by HOM President Rusti Garcia. The event garnered great success for the organization.

“We are overwhelmed by the support and generosity from the people of Polk County,” House of Mary committee member Cyndie Schmidt said. “Although we reached our goal for this particular fundraiser, there is still much more to be raised before we begin building our maternity homes.”

To learn more about House of Mary or to donate to this organization visit