Woodbury resident Chuck Armstrong is walking to work Wednesday.
It’s 25 miles.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Maybe not so much the day after.”
Armstrong sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, and he’s hoping to raise $10,000 for the organization.
The 50-year-old, who works as the chief legislative officer for Pawn America, said the Twin Cities Boys and Girls Club had to shut down for two weeks during the holidays last year.
“It’s very important that we don’t let that happen again,” Armstrong said.
So he challenged his employees to walk to work to help the Boys and Girls Club, and said if they did, he would too.
“I made a joke out of it,” he said.
But it’s no laughing matter for Armstrong, who lauded the efforts of the Boys and Girls Club, notably its Kids Feeding Kids program, which will provide 200,000 children with meals this year.
People ask what he’ll do if it rains Wednesday.
“Those kids don’t get to pick which days they’re hungry or not,” Armstrong said. “I can walk in the rain.”
Already Armstrong has raised $6,500, and Brad Rixmann, CEO of Pawn America, is matching all employee donations for the walk.
He has had issues with his knees in the past, though he did walk more than 10 miles to a shop in Inver Grove Heights and another nine miles in Woodbury recently.
“I’m not somebody that’s prone to too much exercise,” he said. “So for me it’s going to be a major challenge.”
People can contribute by writing checks to the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, or to Pawn America, 181 River Ridge Circle S., Burnsville, MN 55337.
“It’s really inspiring to see Chuck take on such a large challenge to help create great futures for children,” Terryl McKaye, vice president of Development and Communications for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, said in a release.
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