For the second year in a row Red Bank CROP Walkers brought their Hearts & Soles AND 11,100 pounds of peanut butter, beans and rice to our annual food collection. We had 1,100 walkers and volunteers this year. That would average 10 lbs. per person to help feed our hungry neighbors!Christian Brothers Academy students arrived before registration to set up the tarp for the food collection area. Students have volunteered their time and energy for a decade to sort, pack, and organize the food for distribution to local pantries. Senior CROP Teen Leaders, Peter Cangialosi and Michael Hayes with their advisor Mr. Tim Sewnig, recruit students and on the day of the walk they were joined by Brother Ralph, Joan & Don Foote, Eileen & Bob Betz, Sheila & Al Alfano and Myles Varley. The team of two dozen volunteers worked at a fast pace to handle the food from start to finish in 4 hours. Sheila, Eileen and Myles are siblings of Dr. Marie Varley, our Regional Director for the NY/NJ Metro Area of Church World Service. CBA's history with CROP Walk goes back nearly three decades. Eileen Betz recently retired after 14 years of working at CBA in their student store some years after her two sons graduated. Knowing the need for strong young helpers the Varley sisters decided to ask for student help. The story continues and we hope to see the boys back again year after year for decades to come.
Our connection with schools through the Teen Leadership Committee is unique to the Red Bank CROP Walk. We treasure our young people and hope to inspire other walks to involve teen leaders. We widen the circle of caring. If we share, there is ENOUGH FOR ALL.