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Walk to end hunger

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 9:25 a.m. CDT

From John Schlaht


The annual CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sunday. Area churches have been busy recruiting walkers, and those walkers have been busy collecting pledges and contributions. The walk is sponsored by the Union County Ministerial Alliance and 25 percent of what is raised will stay in Union County to help our residents who need assistance with food and other emergencies.

Thrivent Financial has promised up to $600 in matching funds.

Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) began in 1946. What makes CROP stand out from other international fundraisers is in educating people so that they may learn to be self-sufficient. This is not just a handout program. CROP sponsors many classes and programs to make a difference in people’s lives and in their futures.

CROP changes lives, and I would like to invite all of Union County to meet us at the gazebo just south of the Medical Arts Complex in Creston at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for registration. The walk begins at 3 p.m. This year’s participants will receive an “I’m walking for...” card that will give a brief story of an individual who has been helped by CROP. The cards should inspire every walker.

Please bring a canned food item for our local MATURA food pantry and/or a monetary donation. We walk because so many have to walk miles for food and water.

If you can’t make it to the walk, volunteers will be stationed at Fareway and Hy-Vee Saturday to collect donations of money and canned goods. Many thanks to Hy-Vee and Fareway for providing apples and bottled water for the walk.

Let’s make this walk the best one ever in our county and top last year’s record of $7,058.84.

Millions of people worldwide are counting on us.

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