For nearly a decade of our 3 decades walking to feed the hungry in Monmouth County and in communities around the world; we have been blessed with the dedication and spirit of our volunteer DJ - John Limyansky. John has donated his time and enthusiastically brought his music to our walk to entertain volunteers and walkers during the registration process, the food collection and to cheer walkers as they finish the five mile route.
John a recently retired middle school math teacher said he's always had some fun adding comments about the food sorting, and counting. This year's collection totaled 11, 000 lbs. (3350 lbs of beans, 3,000 lbs. of rice, 2,550 lbs. of peanut butter and 2,050 lbs of other items.)
John assures us that even though he has retired he will return next year as he said "Janie is a hard person to say no to." While I asked John about his thoughts on his involvement with CROP he was quick to comment that he's been inspired by Janie Schildge, our walk coordinator for the wonderful person, good Christian role model she presents to all the committee members, volunteers and walkers. Janie has been our volunteer walk coordinator for 25 years....we hope John will aspire to another 15 years to try to catch up!
John has been with us through all kinds of weather setting up last year inside due to the rain and cold. One year his tent blew away after a nor easter and was destroyed. This year he was grateful for the beautiful sunny day as we walked for our 30th anniversary hunger walk.
John told me that he has always enjoyed being able to witness and observe all the activity of the day. The kids would come up and share announcements about the food collection. He'd get to announce the winners of the poster/banner contest. He's always enjoyed his part in adding to the family atmosphere through the choice of the songs he plays, the sound effects of crowds and applause as the runners and walkers finish the route. He enjoys getting people to dance.
All in all John says he feels lucky to witness hundreds of people from all faiths and schools as they work to help families in need. He especially liked to see the composition of groups, the adults, teens and children all working together and having some fun at the same time. Kathy, John's wife contributes to CROP by donating gift certificates and baskets from her business "Once Upon a Time" in Lincroft. The donations have been used as prizes for the art contest and drawings. We offer our heartfelt thank you to John and Kathy and welcome their continued support in years to come.