Monday, Sept. 12, 2011 the coordinating committee for our 31st Red Bank CROP Walk presented an evening filled with fundraising information for community recruiters. Volunteers set up a display to help distribute sponsor forms, educational materials, lawn signs, tee shirts, caps and wristbands to recruiters to bring back to their churches, schools, and community groups.
Kim Smith is our new Materials Coordinator, filling the task of distributing all materials that
Sue Glossbrenner did so well for 32 years. We will all miss Sue and will walk this year in her memory.
Representatives from our local partners presented information on the recent challenges of trying to meet the increased needs of those they work to serve. Someone even shared that the government was working to help local pantries restock shelves with food to replace things lost during Hurricane Irene. Janie Schildge shared news of some emergency relief efforts that Church World Service did in flooded areas in New Jersey and Vermont, including much needed clean up buckets and cleaning supplies, & staff to help assess needs for recovery.
In New Jersey we recently experienced a small earthquake - nothing in comparison to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. We were hit by a Hurricane - minor compared to the tornadoes, hurricanes and floods in other parts of our country this year. While we’ve had too much water, areas of Texas have extreme temperatures and no rain, and East Africa has experienced the worst drought in 60 years.
Janie Schildge also talked about the 65 years of Help and Hope that Church World Service has given to refugees resettling in the United States. People lose their homes for many reasons. Some flee from political upheaval, some leave their homelands due to severe climate changes like drought and earthquake. Many in countries around the world and many here at home find themselves homeless due to extreme economic difficulties. With gratitude for all that we are lucky to have we walk in Crop Walk to reach out and lend a hand to those in need. We feed and shelter the displaced, and help adults to provide for their families.
Our Teen Leadership Committee performed a Dr. Seuss inspired CROP Rhyme. (Full Rhyme)
These lines say it all:
My Feet, Your Feet, Together We Come
Fighting World Hunger Together as One.
But with the Strength of Your Heart and the Soles of Your Feet
You Will Make a Difference
AND People Will Eat!
Walk with us Sunday Oct. 16th. You’ll have a fun day and you’ll feel great knowing that you are making a difference. Click on the Materials Resource Page for lots of information and copies of flyers. Last year we had nearly 1000 walkers (almost 2000 feet) taking steps to end hunger in our world. Join a team, start a family team, or a neighborhood team. If you can’t join us pledge to sponsor someone you from your church or school.