Shopping cart race set for Saturday to help homeless teens

A shopping cart race at Barefoot Landing Saturday will help homeless teenagers in our area. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

There's still time to sign up for a unique race in North Myrtle Beach this weekend where teams of four will race shopping carts in Barefoot Landing to help homeless teens.

"We want to use it as a tool to raise money and help these youth so they don't have to resort to living on the street, so they do have a safe place to live," said Melinda Lautzenhiser, Sea Haven/Project Lighthouse.

The group is helping people like Sarah Harless. When she first came to Project Lighthouse, she was living in a tent.

"It was a nice tent, but I needed a roof. I needed a job," she said.

More than 200 homeless teens come to Sea Haven every year.

"We get youth who are abandoned or their family passes away," said Lautzenhiser. "Or their family is homeless and no one can take them in."

So Sea Haven takes them in, offering support, education, and help finding a job.

"A lot of people, they look down on homeless adults," said Andy Whipple, with Sea Haven/Project Lighthouse. "The easiest way to prevent adult homelessness is to help out the youth."

It took about a year for Harless to get her life back on track.

"They've helped my life so much from giving me small amounts of food to helping me get a job," she said. "Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now," she said, holding the keys to her own apartment.

The fundraising event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The shopping cart race starts at 11 a.m.

Call 843-213-1133 to register for the race.

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