Indiana County churches, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the county’s CROP Hunger Walk Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The event begins and ends on the lawn between Graystone and Calvary Presbyterian churches, on the corner of Church and Seventh streets.
Walkers may follow either a 1.6- or 2.1-mile route and enjoy a water stop along the way. The walk is done at an easy pace, calling attention to world and local hunger issues. Participants also may opt to “rock” instead of “walk,” using rocking chairs on Calvary’s front portico. After the walk, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments on the lawn or inside Calvary, depending on weather.
A “mini-walk” for children will begin with a “peanut butter picnic” and follow a route that includes fun activities along the way. Volunteers will guide the children’s walk, and parents or caretakers also are welcome to join this route.
This year, for the first time, friendly, well-trained dogs are welcome to participate. Owners are asked to keep them on leashes.
A separate registration table and an end-of-walk treat station will be set up for canine friends.
Each year approximately 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in locally organized interfaith CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walks that help support the work of Church World Service across the globe.
Indiana County has held a CROP Walk annually for almost 20 years. Last year, more than $11,000 was collected by 100 walkers. Of that, nearly $2,800 was donated to the Indiana County Community Action Program, with the rest used to support CWS hunger-related programs.
Any church or organization in Indiana County can participate, sending just one walker or an entire congregation. Contact Becky Becker, Calvary Presbyterian Church director of community assistance and mission, at (724) 463-9197 for a basic packet of materials to get started. Becker also can arrange for Ed Kennedy, a CROP Walk organizer and member of Trinity United Methodist Church, to present a “Minute for Mission” to your congregation with more information about the event.
PHOTO: Indiana County's Crop Hunger Walk, benefiting local and international hunger-fighting organizations, will be held Sunday in downtown Indiana. The fundraiser features routes of two different distances, as well as a special walk for children. Elaine Palmer, of Indiana, and her dog, Sweetie, have already collected pledges. Also participating are, from left, Sophie, 8, Emma, 5, and Julia, 8, Runge, daughters of Tim and Jean Runge, of Indiana; Brenna, 9, and Maura, 12, daughters of Andrew and Susan Nutter, of Indiana; and Susan Nutter, with Gracie, a beagle mix. In the back is James Hanna, son of David and Brenda Hanna, of Indiana.