15 ALMSHOUSE signIt’s time to dust off those hippie sandals in the back of the closet and dig out the tie-dye T-shirt you’ve got in mothballs. Saturday, Oct. 6, the Members Credit Union office in Hope Mills holds its second annual Peace-Love-Walk benefit for the ALMSHOUSE of Hope Mills.

Jon Hamby, member relations coordinator with MEMCU, said a focus of the credit union’s involvement in a community is to help with community events and community-based charities.

“We already had a connection with the ALMSHOUSE, and when we were looking to add something else, we had the idea of the walk,’’ he said.

The walk’s name is borrowed from the thrift shop operated by the ALMSHOUSE.

“Most of the time when you go to a thrift store, you usually find older clothing,’’ Hamby said. Using that theme, the walk was tied to the era of the ’60s and ’70s, and the watchwords of that era, peace and love, were added.

MEMCU is covering the complete cost of promoting the walk, from advertising and banners to free T-shirts that will be given to all the paying participants and sold at a discount after the walk is over.

Hamby stressed the walk is totally noncompetitive. “It’s an hour walk,’’ he said. “You can walk one lap, ... five laps, however many laps you can get in.’’

This year’s walk will be held somewhat in conjunction with the move of Members Credit Union’s Hope Mills office from Trade Street to a new location in the old Bi-Lo Shopping Center.

The move should be complete around the middle of this month, and the grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 5, the day before the Peace-Love-Walk.

The walk will take place at Hope Mills Municipal Park Oct. 6. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the actual walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

At 9:45 a.m., a fashion show will be held for those who’ve decided to come dressed in their best ’60s or ’70s clothing.

There will also be a bounce house, face-painting and a live DJ with music. Activities do not have a set ending time, but Hamby said things usually begin to die down around noon.

There are multiple divisions for people to enter. Children up to the age of 12 can register for $5 and will receive a certificate.

Adult registration by Oct. 5 is $20 and includes a free T-shirt. Registration the day of the event is $25.

Honor registrations to have someone’s name listed on the official walk T-shirt are $100. 

“One of the founding principles for credit unions is concerns for our community,’’ Hamby said. “We want to give back to them and that’s what this does for us, helps us stay within our founding principles.’’

To register online for Peace-Love-Walk and for more information, visit the website: www.memcu.com/peace-love-walk.

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