"Despite the weather, I am very pleased with the turnout," said Lewis County CROP Hunger Walk Chairwoman the Rev. Carolyn Nettles about the Oct. 3 walk in Weston.
"More than $7,000 was contributed by our neighbors and friends to support the hunger-fighting efforts of Church World Service, both here at home and around the world," Nettles said. In addition, the Our Neighbor Outreach Center in Weston received 502 cans of food from the walkers.
Pledges are still coming in and can be dropped off at St. Patrick Church, 210 Center Ave., or St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 120 E. Third St. in Weston.
WALKING FOR A CAUSE — CROP Walk Chairwoman the Rev. Carolyn Nettles, center, with volunteers Theresa Swiger, left, and Kelly Blake, prepare for the Walk for Hunger on Oct. 3 at the Lewis County Park. CROP Walk Committee members Louella Clem and the Rev. Russell Furr, treasurer, work at the registration table at the Walk for Hunger. CROP Walk volunteer Jim Glover, left, explains the walk route to Bob Leasure, an octogenarian who walked the entire four-mile route to raise funds for the hungry. Jonathan Eubank, youth minister at Real Life Church in Shadybrook, gave the message during the CROP Walk for Hunger.
This year's goal is $20,000 and 500 walkers. There were 105 walkers registered for the Oct. 3 event which originated at the Lewis County Park. Walkers hiked four and one half miles on the long route that snaked through the city of Weston or two miles on the short route. Walkers carried their donated cans of food to Our Neighbor, dropped them off and continued the walk. Those who finished the walk were treated to a pizza dinner provided by the Lewis County Christian Alliance. Jonathan Eubank, youth minister at Real Life Church, Shadybrook, spoke to the group following the walk. He shared statistics about hunger, noting that 1 billion people are suffering from hunger due to famine. Glenn Lough provided music for the event.
"Our local Our Neighbor Outreach Center will receive approximately 25 percent of the total funds collected to aid fellow Lewis Countians in need," Nettles said. "The remainder will make possible the global work of Church World Service, sponsor of the national event."
This year, walkers and recruiters received a T-shirt which was sponsored by Bennett's Home and Auto, Butcher-Layfield Lumber Co., Citizens Bank, H & M Motors, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weatherford and St. Patrick Church.
"Just think - the funds raised here in Weston and in CROP Hunger Walks across the U.S. will make a difference in the lives of people around the world - from helping families in Haiti, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Myanmar grow sorely needed food, to helping AIDS orphans in Africa, to helping indigenous peoples of South America to preserve their heritage and livelihoods and even assisting families across the central U.S. and Gulf Coast whose homes were flooded (or worse) by storms and hurricanes," Nettles said. "CROP Hunger Walks truly are Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty."
She thanked all who worked so hard to make this year's CROP Hunger Walk such a resounding success. Committee members were the Rev. Russell Furr, treasurer; Louella Clem, Sarah Weaver, Kelly Blake, Jim Glover and Mary Hendricks.