CUMMING – The 2017 Jingle Jog was held recently in Cumming to raise funds for the Forsyth County Community Connection’s Foster Family Initiative.  Proceeds from the 5K race go to the organization’s initiative to recruit local families to become foster homes for Forsyth County children who do not have homes of their own. The race also supports the Community Connection’s Darkness 2 Light program to help raise awareness and prevent child sexual abuse.

There were awards for all age groups, beginning at 10 and younger, up to 60 plus.  Runners received a T-shirt, and the race was a qualifier for the annual Peachtree Road Race.  Santa also visited, along with a fire engine from the Forsyth County Fire Department.  Rebecca Davidson, from DFCS, shared information about adopting and fostering children and encouraged runners to attend information sessions the first Tuesday each month.

“Jingle Jog is a fun event, but more importantly, it makes a difference in the lives of children,” said Sarah Pedarre, Community Connection executive director.  Fifty percent of Forsyth foster children are placed in other counties around Georgia because we don’t have enough foster homes here.  We are grateful to so many of our neighbors who ran in this year’s race, along with all the sponsors who helped make the run possible.  Their participation will have a lasting positive impact on Forsyth County children.”

The focus of the Forsyth County Community Connection is coordinating services for children and families.  Its mission is to connect the needs of vulnerable children and families to agencies and volunteers that can create healthy pathways so that every family is healthy, engaged, and self-sufficient.  It is a non-profit organization associated with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership and the Hands On Network.  

For information on the Forsyth County Community Connection, contact Sarah Pedarre at 404-985-7796,, or the website