CROP Walk Season started with another great Kick Off Rally on Monday Sept. 9th at the First Baptist Church in Red Bank. The crisp air and fall colors outside brought lots of energy and a full house of area recruiters. Pastor Ty Choate started the evening with a blessing. Janie Schildge, CROP Coordinator and Kae Kusterbeck of CWS followed with some memories of Dr. Marie Varley, retired Director of Church World Service for all the NY/NJ Region CROP Hunger Walks. Dr. Varley passed away labor Day after a life-time of caring and working on behalf of the hungry and homeless "neighbors".
CROP Hunger Walks are the community appeal of Church World Service. Funds raised make it possible for CWS to respond to needs here in the US and around the world. The audience was entertained with a CROP Challenge Quiz Show presented by our Teen Leaders Committee which is comprised of students from over a dozen area high schools. Four teams of students competed answering questions about: CROP Walks in general, water, food insecurity, and our own Red Bank CROP Walk. Questions and answers helped to teach us about why we walk CROP Walks. We even learned about the CWS response to our area after Super Storm Sandy. The game ended in a tie and our quiz moderators told the audience that we are all winners when we reach out to help feed hungry neighbors!
So get into shape for our five mile walk, Sunday October 20th at Red Bank Regional HS. Pick up sponsor sheets, stickers, yard signs, buy and wear your t-shirts, buy and share wristbands. Make posters, set up food drives, ask your friends and neighbors to join your team. Teams can also be set up online. Our Recruiting & Materials Tab on website has loads of information to help make your efforts count.
1,000 walkers, $120,000 14,000 lbs of food.
WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER!