Over two months has passed since the 2013 Bureau County CROP Hunger Walk, and my heart is still filled with gratitude for the ways that our community came together to make another record-breaking year.
On Oct. 13, we had 15 teams of 169 walkers and raised $17,209.20 for Church World Service! Twenty-five percent (or about $4,300) of this amount will be split among six of our local hunger programs. They are the Bureau County Food Pantry, Bureau Valley Buddy Bags, Princeton Buddy Bags, the Walnut Food Pantry, the Western Bureau County Food Pantry and the Wyanet Food Pantry.
Thank you to everyone who helped put this together. The people of First Lutheran Church in Princeton hosted the walk. The 2013 CROP Organizing Team includes the Lead Recruiters Lisa Bloome, Christine Henderson and Donna Millard; the treasurers Deb Dalton and Deb Cooper; the Logistics/Safety Coordinator Pastor Brian Hall; the Publicity and Online Publicity Coordinators Pastor Kim Lee-Brown and Lori Boekeloo; the Education Coordinators Karin Tunis and Sue Fritz; and the Host Liaisons Rick Cook and Tom Kloster. Dennis and Veronica Toth made beautiful signs for the walk. First Christian Church and Bureau County Food Pantry provided water stations. Because of this group, I, as CROP Walk coordinator, was confident that we would have a great walk. Thank you!
Church World Service is an organization that builds food and clean water assistance for places in the world that don’t have them. They also provide emergency relief when disasters happen, including the most recent typhoon in the Philippines and the tornadoes that hit close to home in Illinois in November. Please know that your efforts to fund raise and to make awareness of hunger in our world are put to good use.
It is a joy to come together as a community from all different traditions to do this. As you gather with your loved ones this holiday season, please remember that nothing in the world can be greater than the love that is found in the Christ-child. Our work together is blessed because we have God who is faithful and works in us in ways that don’t even understand. This was evident in this year’s CROP Walk, and I pray that next year will be better yet.
Next year’s CROP Hunger Walk is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Please schedule this date on your calendar, and if you have questions about CROP or CWS, please ask your pastor or local food pantry to find out! Consider a generous donation to next year’s CROP Hunger Walk.
Pastor Brenda Lovick, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Manlius and 2013 Bureau County CROP Hunger Walk Coordinator