Small ways that you can make a big difference for nonprofits

View canned food sculptures

The annual Canstruction charity event is Oct. 6-21 at NorthPark Center. Architecture and design firms compete to build whimsical structures entirely out of canned food. Patrons can watch the teams create the sculptures Oct. 6 and vote for their favorites. When the exhibit ends Oct. 21, all of the cans will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. For more information, visit


Run a race

The OneRun 5k run and walk for cancer survivors is 8-11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Reverchon Park, and the route follows the Katy Trail. The event benefits the Cancer Support Community North Texas, uniting local cancer survivors and the people who support them. Race participants will wear colors representing different types of cancers. A post-race party features food, family activities and live music by Vocal Trash. The race entry fee is $35. For more information, visit


Run a race … with paint!

While running a 1k or 5k race, participants get covered in washable, non-toxic, edible paint. The fundraiser is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13 at Bachman Lake, benefiting Community for Permanent Supported Housing, an organization that provides homes for the disabled. Registration is $25-$50 and available for individuals or teams. Be sure to wear white so the paint colors appear more vibrant. For more details, visit


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