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Updated: 07/16/2014 08:00:01AM

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PHOTO BY CASSIE JACOBY


George W. Harris Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter Director Glenn Parkinson, staff and volunteers accept a $3,400 donation from the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, proceeds from the third annual Carillon Classic 5K.

PHOTO BY CASSIE JACOBY


Bartow's George W. Harris Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter Director Glenn Parkinson admires the wall art designed by kids who find a safe haven at the shelter.

Take 600 homeless kids ages 10-17, mix in volunteers who donate meals, add structure, counseling and guidance. Stir in $4,300 donation from the Dick Pope Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Top it all off with lots of love and, voila, you have the George W. Harris Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter recipe for success. Shelter leadership council members Mary Ann Burns Harrell and Rodney Chauncy (R-L) with other volunteers coordinate Cook4kids meals.

By CASSIE JACOBY

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A recent $3,400 donation from the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, proceeds from the third annual Carillon Classic 5K, will ensure more kids get the help they need today and hope for tomorrow.

“We’re very appreciative to FPRA for all their hard work,” said Glenn Parkinson, shelter director for the George W. Harris Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter in Bartow. “It’s great to see families spending time with their kids in nature at Bok Tower Gardens, but the 5K is about taking care of the children. We’ll be able to repair the air conditioning and take care of the kids the best way we can.”

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