5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

5 Decades of Walking to End Hunger

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Global Ministry Reaches Out to Local Neighbors

The Red Bank community came together on Dec. 21st at a Union Beach fire house to spread Christmas cheer to families displaced by Super Storm Sandy. Principal Risa Clay from Red Bank Regional High School and Dawn Kaszuba, Director of Student Personnel Services were joined by the Executive Director of Church World Service, Rev. John McCullough.  Members of our local Red Bank Area CROP Hunger Walk coordinating committee also attended.

(Photos courtesy of Dennis Swijter)

Responding to a major local disaster, staff from the New York headquarters of CWS delivered needed tools and relief supplies to assist local Monmouth County families as they rebuild their lives. Pictured with Rev. McCullough are CROP committee members: Cori Hoffman-registration, Janis Iwanyk social media and Sara Swijter our treasurer.

Matt Hackwork, Creative Manager from CWS listens as as Principal Risa Clay talks about the recent need for emergency assistance for over 70 families from her school and how the hurricane relief efforts came from near and far to help. Principal Clay, a strong supporter of the Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk was grateful for the CWS response.  She never thought her students would be on the receiving end of the emergency relief.  

The Service Team from The Shipley School  in Pennsylvania came to provide a catered meal to families and presented the families with gift cards. The school was represented by student advocate, Maria Stroup. Elementary students from Essex County sent holiday cards for the families. Students from the Red Bank Regional community presented requested holiday gifts to each family allowing families to use their available finances to continue rebuilding their homes and lives. The RBR student hurricane relief committee and education foundation worked together to raise funds to make this event a joyful evening for the families.

Sara Swijter talked with Matt Hackworth about our annual Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk which steps out from Red Bank Regional the 3rd Sunday of every October raising funds and food for local and global neighbors in need. Sara reports that funds from our 2012 CROP walk are still coming in and our most recent total is over $114,000. 25% of those funds go directly to help our 17 local partners. Six and 1/2 tons of food was collected this year and distributed to local pantries the week before Sandy hit the Jersey Shore.

CWS has been around since WWII providing hope and help for those in need where ever disasters occur.  New Jersey is rebuilding and we saw first hand CWS in action. They have also contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars, blankets and clean up buckets through the Community Food Bank of NJ to help in NJ. Pictured are Cori and Janis showing just a few of the many boxes of tools, work gloves, hats, scarves donated by CWS. Church World Service responds to disasters providing emergency  relief and assistance for long term recovery. 

The following links provide more information on the CWS response to Super Storm Sandy.
and a few local articles on this special event at the Union Beach Fire Dept. No.1

Church World Service SANDY Relief Links     
Church World Service Youtube SANDY
Atlantic Highlands Herald 
Monmouth Journal
Red Bank Patch

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