Nearly thirty guests gathered March 1st over dinner and shared memories of the 31st Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk event. The evening's host, George Schildge opened the dinner conversation with heartfelt appreciation for his wife, Janie Schildge, our volunteer walk coordinator since 1985. CROP Walk is a one day event however it was noted that there probably wasn't a day in the year that Janie didn't think of CROP. Guests added their own gratitude and personal reasons for being part of the overall effort that makes the hunger walk an annual success.
Janis Iwanyk presented a slide show of photos from the walk taken by our volunteer photographers. Guests viewed a video of students from Oak Hill Academy taken on walk day as they recited our own Dr. Seuss inspired CROP Walk Rhyme, then had some fun with individual bananagram puzzle pieces working to unscramble lines from the rhyme. Afterwards they joined to recite the rhyme together. Dr. Seuss's book, "The Foot Book" teaches about "opposites". We talked about clean water, enough food, access to housing, even simple things like shoes for feet. We appreciate all we have and share the need to help those that don't. (CWS)
We used our Hearts & Soles to End Hunger this year. Walkers donated over 11,000 lbs. of food for almost 20 local pantries. Funds raised directly help support 17 local partners. Through Church World Service, our CROP Walk supports sustainable development by meeting emergency needs, assisting refugees and displaced persons, and addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty in 80 countries around the world. (CWS)
Seven teen leaders from area high schools await decision on which colleges they will be attending next year but promised to keep CROP in their hearts and will work to find underclassmen to take leadership positions in on the teen leadership committee.
Janie Schildge welcomes anyone interested in joining the efforts of the Red Bank CROP Walk for 2012 to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendars! We walk on Sunday Oct.21st.