Ecumenical CROP Walk on October 12

 

          Each year several Walpole churches, including ours, get together to walk and raise money for the CROP Hunger Walk. I participate in the planning, along with members of the Walpole Congregational Church and St. John's Episcopal church. 

          The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to combat hunger both globally and locally. Twenty-five percent of what is taken in for the Walpole walk can be designated by the organizers. We have chosen the Fall Mountain Food shelf to receive our share. 

          The walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th, with registration/sign-in at 9 a.m. at the Walpole Congregational Church on the Walpole Common. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. from the same location. 

Our walk is approximately 3 1/2 miles around Walpole, and is in the form of a large Figure 8. Unfortunately, I will be away the day of the walk, but I hope some of our WUC family will participate, along with family and/or friends, in this fun and worthwhile project. 

          You can register for the walk, and/or donate to the cause at www.crophungerwalk.org/walpolenh. Walpole Unitarian Church is registered and I'll have more information at our church beginning September 8. Please consider making a donation if you are unable to walk.

Here is some interesting information taken from the website about the origin of the name " CROP Hunger Walk" and the use of the funds received:

          CROP began in 1947 under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946, and was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.

Today, we’ve outgrown the acronym but we retain it as the historic name of the program. 

          CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs – something CWS has learned through 70 years of working in partnership around the world.

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