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Fundraiser benefits local youth program

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T-shirt for the color in motion run on Saturday T-shirt for the color in motion run on Saturday
HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

A local organization that helps kids stay on the right path is putting on a color run Saturday morning.

The Color in Motion 5k Color Run will take place at the Admiral Coontz Armory in Hannibal to benefit Kids in Motion.

Organizers spent all morning Thursday preparing for their third annual run. The color run serves as a fun way to support Kids in Motion, a summer program for at-risk youth which works entirely off of donations.

Organizer Jill Maple said programs like Kids in Motion are key to the future of the community.

"Kids in Motion teaches kids that they need to have a job to have financial independence," she said. "So, there's a sense of satisfaction that they receive by doing a good job, working hard, and helping other people."

Program officials said Kids in Motion is entirely funded through private donations and fundraisers, like the run. They don't rely on government funding, which makes Saturday's event that much more important.

Markiya Simpson is a participant of Kids in Motion and she said the program teaches her to value work, community, and her future.

"My favorite part about kids in motion is how it prepares us for our first job and it helps the community," she said. "How we pick up the trash and stuff."

Simpson said Kids in Motion allows her and others to connect with the community in a variety of ways. She said being apart of the program is life-changing and added that the kids in the program are like a family.

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