PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The inaugural "Ruck to the Rescue" event kicked off Saturday morning with more than a dozen participants. The group started at the Dupont Bridge and walked about 8 miles to the Panama City Rescue Mission.
The first group of walkers left around 6 a.m. with the last group arriving at the mission around 8:30 a.m. Each person carried a rucksack on their backs full of canned goods and other non-perishable items.
Organizers say they brought in about 600 pounds of food to the mission. "We wanted to have a positive impact on the community so we organized and hopefully did something to help out," Nicholas Kehoe, one of the organizers said.
"It's like a good thing to do so I haven't really volunteered much this year. I needed a way to volunteer," Elijah Jordan, one of the participants said.
Organizers also say they're hoping to expand the event in the future by eventually holding a rucksack walk twice a year.