Central Floridians take part in Homelessness to Hope Walk-a-Thon

Salvation Army, Orlando Day Nursery team up in effort to raise $7,000

ORLANDO, Fla. – People from all walks of life gathered Saturday to take part in the annual Homelessness to Hope Walk-a-Thon at Lake Dot Park in Orlando.

Jacqueline Nelson spent Saturday evening on her sewing machine, making a custom visor for the event, which benefits homeless children in the community.

"I like to get into the spirit of things," said Nelson. "When you have children, you just got to relate to them, so if this is helping at least one kid, I'm for it."

The Salvation Army and Orlando Day Nursery teamed up in an effort to raise $7,000.

The money will go to day care and after-school programs for more than 50 homeless children who are currently living at the Salvation Army shelter.

"Those same children need day care, and they need after-school programs and it's just the sad truth," said Jaylen Christie, spokesperson for the Salvation Army. "We're here to help and we're very, very thankful to have the support of the community."

If you couldn't make it out to the event, you can still walk and donate until the end of the month.

Log on to SalvationArmyOrlando.com for more information.