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— Christians In Action, an outreach of the Decatur United Methodist Church, is sponsoring a poker run on Oct. 3 to raise money for the Decatur CIA Food Pantry.

All vehicles that can make the run - motorcycles, cars, trucks, planes, trains, bicycles, pogo sticks or any other form of transportation - are invited to participate, according to organizer David Cook.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Decatur United Methodist Church and continue throughout the day. A rain date for the event has been set for Oct. 10.

The run time is estimated to be around three hours, and all entrants will get a ticket to eat a meal after the run. The meal will begin at 5 p.m.

at the church and will include grilled chicken with side dishes.

The cost to participate is $25 per hand or $10 per rider without a poker hand. One can also purchase a chance for his or her name to be drawn for one of the many items that have been donated, such as a Lazy Boy chair.

All proceeds will go to the CIA Food Pantry to help those who are in need of food. There are at least 300 people in the Decatur area who are in need of assistance and a helping hand up, Cook said.

The pantry also accepts donations of canned goods for those who can't participate in the poker run but would like to make a contribution.

The CIA Food Pantry is open from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. It offers free nonperishable food to Decatur residents and is located at the United Methodist Church in Decatur.

Participants need to bring identification showing they have a 72722 zip code. For more information, contact David Cook at 752-3838 or the Methodist Church at 752-3551.

News, Pages 1 on 08/26/2009

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