A check for $2,375.84 has been delivered to the Union County Ministerial Alliance to be used tor the crisis fund in order to help people in Union County who are in need of emergency help.
The check is one-fourth of what was raised by the 2013 CROP Walk held on Oct. 6. John and Lynne Schlaht, co-chairpersons of the annual walk, said a record total of $9,503.37 was raised.
“We are thrilled with this year’s total,” Schlaht said. “Residents of Union County have been so generous. We think they really see the need not only in our county but in our country and throughout the world. Last year’s total was a little over $7,000 so we are amazed to have the total increased by $2,500.”
A new feature was added to the 2013 CROP Walk. Area residents donated nonperishable food items at Fareway and Hy-Vee Oct. 5. These items and those collected by local churches, between 35 to 40 boxes, were donated to the MATURA food pantry. Volunteers stationed at the grocery stores collected $853.18, giving the CROP Walk a jump start for the next day.
In addition, Thrivent Financial donated $600 in matching funds.
Approximately 45 walkers participated in the walk held on Oct. 6. Inclement weather forced some onto the Southern Prairie YMCA walking track, while others braved the weather or opted to walk sometime during the next week.
Walkers who collected at least $200 in pledges include Kathy Woodin, who collected more than $2,000, Randy Culver, Penny Carson, John Schlaht, Lynne Schlaht and Susan White. Collecting between $100 and $200 were Jim and Chris Mansour, Judy Gale, Flossie Roberts, Laura Cozad, Jeremy Stoll and Audrey Fyock, and the Rev. Jim Morris.
The Methodist Church of Creston collected the most with $2,935, then the Christian Church with $2,055 and Salem Lutheran with $1,233.13. Members of 11 churches participated.
Hy-Vee donated apples, and Fareway provided water for the walkers.
Money raised will be used to meet the needs of more than 20 million refugees around the world, as well as support for educational programs, skills training and health care with 25 percent of the total funds remaining in Union County.
The Schlahts are looking forward to chairing the 2014 CROP Walk.
“Only one town in Iowa comparable to Creston’s size - Grinnell - went beyond $10,000 in 2013,” Schlaht said. “Our goal this year is to beat that number.”