CUMMING – December 19 – More than 500 runners ran in the 2018 Forsyth County Community Connection Jingle Jog.  The run raises funds for the 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.

“Runners got to spend time with Santa, enjoy some hot chocolate, and get a little exercise before sticking around for the City of Cumming Christmas Parade,” said Sarah Pedarre, Community Connection executive director.  “We weren’t going to let the weather dampen our Christmas spirit. All participants got a tee shirt and jingle bells to show their holiday spirit.  Awards were given for each age category and the best holiday costumes.

“Jingle Jog is a fun event, but more importantly, it makes a difference in the lives of children,” Pedarre, continued.  “Sixty 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 life-long positive impact on Forsyth County children.”

Forsyth County Community Connection is a local nonprofit organization that links businesses, agencies, and citizens together for the betterment of children. It is associated with the Georgia Family Connection Partnership.

To share time and talent, or for more information about the Forsyth County Community Connection, contact Sarah Pedarre at 404-985-7796 or