Helping to end hunger step by step By Amber Williams
For a few hours and a few miles, friends and neighbors in Perry will be coming together to “love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action” (John 3:18), as they’ve done in Perry for more than 50 years. All are welcome to join for a good cause in the annual CROP Hunger Walk.
“Hunger and poverty are rampant in our world and escalating in the current economic conditions,” says Perry Ministerial Association President George Eldridge. “Something can and must be done about them. Our local CROP Hunger Walk is a great place to start.”
It starts in the north parking lot at the Dallas County Hopsital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Participants have the option to walk the 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) courses. As in the past, anyone is eligible to join the walk, from newborns (who obviously would need a committed adult to help them along) to the elders of the tribe (who might also need some help along the way). It’s all about making a difference “in these trying times,” Eldridge says.
“We will be raising awareness and funds to change the world in real and measurable ways,” he says. “CROP Hunger Walk funds will benefit the overall work and ministry of Church World Service — working around the world to help those in need help themselves through refugee assistance, self-help development programs, advocacy and disaster relief. And, it’s important to note that 25 percent of what we raise will help local food banks in their important work here in Perry.”
Last year, 12 walkers raised more than $3,900 in their locally organized CROP Hunger Walk, Eldridge says. If organizers reach their goal of enticing more than 100 walkers this year, imagine how much good that could do locally and abroad. Perry is one of 2,000 cities and towns nationwide that are joining together in interfaith community CROP Hunger Walks this year. In the spirit of this year’s them, “ending hunger one step at a time,” many of the CROP Walkers will be wearing T-shirts of solidarity to the cause, the people it serves and others who get involved.
Anyone interested in “ending hunger one step at a time” in this year’s CROP Hunger Walk may register online and begin gathering sponsors at www.cropwalkonline.org. For additional information or to volunteer, contact George Eldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 515-419-5130.