Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Hunger Walk Review

     "I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot;
together we can do great things."  Mother Teresa

       Oh, how Mother Teresa's spirit is smiling on our generous, caring, loving CROP Hunger Walk community! To the 340 plus Walkers representing 27 churches/organizations from 5 counties, the many dedicated recruiters and pastors, numerous volunteers: Let us Rejoice in our good work!

       To date, we have raised over $23,000!  We've ONLY had one other year in our Walk's history that we did as well!  Since we have received Thanksgiving and Christmas donations in the past, and hope this will happen over the next few weeks too, our total gift(s) to Church World Service and God's Pantry Food Bank can be more of a blessing to all of our hungry sisters, brothers and children here....and there. Additional Spirit-Walking gifts may be made through March 2016 on the Crop Hunger Walk website.

       Let us also Celebrate our successful pre-Walk poster making/pizza party, Sept. 20th!  Abundant Thanks to Crestwood Christian Church youth leaders, Patrick and Casey, for offering to host this event.  Along with Stacey Stone, our Walk's educational leader, they planned a creative evening of fun and fellowship for nearly 50 youth, pastors and assistants. One could not miss all the informative, colorful posters carried on the Walk. Kudos! to Casey, Patrick and youth for already 'asking' to host this popular event next Fall.  Gratitude to Crestwood Christian, Good Shepherd Episcopal, Unitarian Universalist, First Church of Christ Scientist and Victory Christian youth and sponsors for enriching our Walk experience with their informative, interactive educational stations.

        We welcomed 12 new, energetic friends from Central KY Taiwanese American Association; "we are so pleased to participate and we will be back next year and bring more people with us." It was grand to have Faith Lutheran Church and Maxwell Presbyterian return to our mission this year.  A few walkers from Calvary Baptist and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic joined us Walk Day. Yeah! 9 churches can claim more than 15 walkers each!

        WOW! Our mission was the front page lead article, pictures too!, the following morning in the Herald-Leader newspaper-still available at  This was the first year that a local business was eager to support our mission. Gratitude to Alfalfa Restaurant for promoting the Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk and for their donation!  May we appreciate their goodwill with brunching/dining there a few times over this next year.

        Once again, I am very grateful to have the honor and joy to continue our work together this coming year!  Thanks again to each one of you for giving your time, energy, creativity and donations to support the mission of our Walk!

        Blessings of Peace, Joy and Love,
        Judy Maxson
SAVE these 2016 Dates:
      Recruiter's Rally, Thurs. Aug. 18th, 7 PM
      Walk, Sunday, Sept. 25th, 3 PM 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 Walk Day Info

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God
cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
                Mahatma Gandhi

#E1-B1  Each One - Bring One to the Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk

Sunday, Sept. 27, 3:00 PM
2nd Presbyterian Church, E. Main/Ransom
           The ONLY Central/Eastern KY Hunger Walk is NOT just a church event. But we are a 'Labor of Love' community, walking in solidarity with ALL of our sisters, brothers and children, near and far, in their struggle to feed their families and secure access to clean, safe water. And, YES!, our neighbors in 50 counties served by God's Pantry Food Bank and served by Church World Service benefit from our fund raising efforts!  Last year, GPFB was able too provide nearly 27,000 meals with their 25% grant. One of the many CWS programs that received funds from the 1300 national 'grassroots' CROP Hunger Walks was improving access to clean water, sanitation, and food to 6,000 people in Indonesia. Much progress has been made these past several years for tens of thousands of lives... but yet, there is far to go. ( and

             No one has ever become poor by giving. We are a generous community.  We have the resources to educate our communities that Hunger is Real and Hunger is Near. I truly believe our caring, compassionate community can reach our long-hopeful goal of $25,000 this year.  I know we can do this! If not already done; I'm requesting that your church, civic club, organization, school sign-up your TEAM TODAY ... and then follow-up with sharing WHY you are Walking (go to Participant Center).  The right column of this blog has a direct link to the on-line site OR go to  Promote the Walk on your social media and CROP Hunger Walk's FB.

        WALK DAY INFO:

    Arrive 3 PM to register and fellowship.  Activities will include poster-making (BRING plenty of your own SIGNS too), purchase Walk T-shirt, $12 (proceeds donated), hopeful face painting, God's Pantry Food Bank station (BRING non perishable item (protein foods needed!), "ONE" Campaign representatives, group pictures...and more.
    3:25 pm- CROP Hunger Walk Litany responsive send off. Memorial minute for recently deceased, Carnella Clay. Our tireless, passionate St. Peter Claver Church recruiter these past several years.
   3:30 PM....WALK begins....ALL new route through Eastside, Kenwick and Bell House. 

             We have 'new' groups presenting experiential stations along the musicians too!  Our youth devote much thought,time, and energy developing their educational stations. DO STOP at each station! not only reflect on YOUR blessings but to appreciate their work. Our Walk is NOT a Race. FOLLOW THE WALK SIGNS!  NO JAYWALKING!  REMAIN on the SIDEWALKS and please, be mindful of uneven places. THANK YOU!

             We are 'GREEN'.  BRING your own water bottle. Refills at Victory Christian Church's water station.

             Lakshman will drive the 2nd Pres. van for those unable to Walk the 3 miles.  He will stop at the 'stations'.

             Gratitude to the many committed leaders and participants from 5 counties that are mobilizing their churches/groups, to all of our Spirit Walkers that are donating on line and to the many volunteers that help my team and I coordinate this worthy mission!  We are putting our faith into action to Share Help, Bring Gifts of Hope and Advocate for ALL of God's children.

        Abundant Thanks!
        Judy Maxson, Coordinator Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk

The 2015 Walk Route. Click for larger view.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Continuing the Mission in 2015

  "When you are hungry, you can't think of anything else."
  Janie Mendez, 17

       We know that hunger does exist in all of our KY communities and around the world. For many adults and children, going to bed hungry is not a threat; it's a regular happening!  AND...YES! you and I can "do something about it!"

       How?  By working together with our families, friends and neighbors to increase awareness of hunger and poverty and to raise funds for God's Pantry Food Bank and Church World Service.  We will continue our mission to help end hunger one step at a time on Sunday Sept. 27th when we walk in solidarity in the Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk.

       Last year we raised $19,435. We will work more diligently this year to attain our long standing goal of $25,000. We CAN do this! We have the resources in Central KY to make this a reality. As your Walk team begins planning for this year's event, we will be contacting the 30 groups that participated in 2014, along with 'new' groups, before June 30th. We are looking forward to working with each one of you!

       The Recruiter's Rally will be Thurs., August 20th, 7-8:15 PM at Second Presbyterian Church, E. Main, Lexington.  You will receive all the information and resources you need to promote the Walk within your congregation or organization!  Plus, we enjoy fellowship, fun and food. See you then!

       Thank You!
       Judy Maxson,
            Walk coordinator

Saturday, November 8, 2014

400 Caring, Concerned Central KY Neighbors Walk

     "Over the past 10 years, we have ended hunger for over 100 million people. We will not stop walking,
and we will not stop working until hunger is erased."
Rev. John McCullough, CEO/President Church World Service, in his step-off message to us.
      Approximately 400 caring, concerned Central KY neighbors walked in solidarity on a warm, sunny Sept. 28th for all of our sisters, brothers and children in KY struggling with hunger and poverty and for all those around the world suffering the dire outcomes of hunger and lack of access to clean, safe water.

      We were delighted to welcome many new 'faces' representing new churches and organizations.  Joining our mission were Walkers from East 2nd St. Christian Church, many youth from KCMC-CYF (KY Christian Missionary Convention- Christian Youth Fellowship) with their director Juanita Greene, St. Michael's Episcopal, St. Andrew's Episcopal, Twin Pines Christian, Greater Liberty Baptist, Transy Students, Suburban Women's Club, Highland Baptist-Louisville, Southland Christian and Consolidated Baptist.  Total 27 churches and 3 organizations!

      The Dime Collection Kick-off was a success!  Nearly $560.00 collected over the summer.  Kudos! to 1st Presbyterian Church in Winchester for collecting $105.00.  YES!  Do begin collecting DIMES for 2015...a few have already started, including me. :)  This is a superb, visual awareness and educational tool; especially for our children and youth.  Just having the collection bottle in view reminds all of us of our many blessings! 

      Abundant thanks!, Stacey Stone for coordinating the Youth Poster-Making Rally in early Sept. and the educational stations along the Walk.  Rev. Johns and youth from 1st Christian Church, Winchester, Rev. Sara and 2nd Pres. Youth, all the UUC members that played the drums, sang to us AND presented a station, God's Pantry, and the One Campaign: your creative, informative and inspirational presentations were imperative with increasing awareness of hunger and poverty issues. The 'drum beats' and uplifting choral voices definitely energized our steps and found many of us 'dancin in the street.'

      Additional gratitude to the many loyal volunteers that help make this all happen!  Thanks to my team members, the many recruiters and pastors, those assisting with registration, crossing guards, selling T-shirts, photographers and our bus driver-Lakshman.

      AND! what an honor and joy to have Rev. McCullough and John Dolon spend the afternoon with us!  I am pleased that many of you were able to speak with both of them before and during the Walk.  They truly enjoyed participating and sharing the afternoon with us.  I've already invited both back next year. :)

      We were also honored to have Steve Kay, City Councilman, present Mayor Gray's Walk Day Proclamation to us.  We also received recognition from Gov. Beshear!

      At this time, we are still working toward reaching our collective goal of $25,000. To date, nearly 68% achieved!  Since the online donation site ( is available through March 2015, do share your Thanksgiving and Christmas Blessings with our neighbors, near and far. Ask your family and friends to also honor those in need with a donation to Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk. Thank You!

     Next Year----Sunday, Sept. 27th!

     With Gratitude, Peace, Joy and Love,
     Judy Maxson

Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 Walk Day Info

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."     Margaret Mead
      GOOD NEWS!   To date, 21 Greater Lex. churches and youth fellowship groups are committed to taking a stand against hunger and poverty in our world, and right here in Central and Eastern KY, on Sunday, Sept. 28th.   Our goal is to raise $25,000 to help our neighbors, near (God's Pantry Food Bank) and far (Church World Service) that are struggling to feed their families and to secure access to clean, safe water.

Oxford Christian's 2013 Team
Oxford Christian's 2013 Walk Team

     MORE GOOD NEWS!  You and Yours can join this Labor of Love mission now! Go to or click the 'Donate' or 'Support a Team' links in the right-hand column of this blog.

Walk Day INFO:
  • 3 PM.  NO registration fee.  If you register on-line, DO bring your hard copy reg. form with you.
  • Bring your dime collection bottles OR keep until Nov. 1st and turn-in with remainder of funds raised.
  • Bring a can food for God's Pantry.  Protein foods needed--peanut butter, canned meats along with canned fruits/veggies.
  • Bring your own water bottle.  We are 'Green'.
  • Educational stations along the route will show our relative privileges.  Music stations will celebrate our unity to make a difference.
  • Unable to walk the 3 miles?  2nd Pres. church van will drive the route. 
  • Welcome our honorable guests.  Rev. John McCullough and Mr. John Dolon
     Many Thanks to our educational leader, Stacey Stone, for organizing the CROP Hunger Walk Youth Rally on Sept. 7th.  For more info:

     Much appreciation to Rev. Jerry Johns, First Christian DOC Church, Winchester, and his congregation for once again sponsoring a water station at the Pioneer Festival Labor Day weekend to benefit our Walk.  WOW!  the large glass bowl was filling fast with donated dollars when I visited their booth Sat. afternoon.  I loved seeing the CROP Hunger Walk T-shirt hanging from their tent.

     God's Pantry Food Bank 'kicks-off' Hunger Action Month on Sept. 1st.   "We are painting this community orange, the color of hunger, so Together We Can Solve Hunger."  The CROP Hunger Walk is one of their action events!  See and drop by the Food Bank to pick up your Orange yard sign!  Placing mine today. :)

     Abundant Thanks to all the participants, recruiters and volunteers that are putting their faith into action as we work together to share help, bring gifts of hope and advocate for ALL of God's children.

     See you the 28th!

             Judy M.

Here is our walk route for 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plans being made for the 2014 Walk

Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk
Sunday, Sept. 28th.  Second Presbyterian Church, Ransom/E. Main
3:00 PM registration   3:30 PM--3 mile experiential Walk
Special Guests :  Rev. John McCullough, CEO and President Church World Service and Mr. John Dolon, KY-IN Field Director for CWS
         Interested in learning more about local and global hunger issues? Astonished that many of our neighbors worldwide do not have access to clean, safe water! Wonder what other problems contribute to our sisters, brothers and children living in poverty---here  KY and around the world? want to actively "do something" to help end it?

         YOU CAN... by taking one step at a time with your Central KY friends and neighbors.  Sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), the CROP  Hunger Walk is the oldest hunger- fighting fundraising and educational event in the US.  More than 1600 communities gather together to WALK in solidarity for those in need of basic, human rights.  We are a very diverse mix of faiths, cultures, individuals, groups, schools, organizations from 6 Central Ky counties that work together every Fall.  25% of the money we raise is given to our local God's Pantry Food Bank and the remainder to CWS to support the life-saving global work.  Rest assured, the work of Church World Service is based on a 'hands-up' model  (get to the root of the problem); not a 'hand-out' focus.  Discover

           The 2014 CROP Hunger Walk is currently STEPS ahead of any prior year!  There is still plenty of time to join the 'Water-Dime' Kick-off program.  During the past couple months, more the 100 bottles are being 'tapped' with DIMES to "help CWS bring clean, safe water through sustainable solutions to our neighbors worldwide", including Eastern KY!  A 16 oz water bottle filled with just DIMES equals nearly $100.00.  Definitely a fun, easy, promotional WALK tool for you, your family, friends, church, work, etc.  Everyone has a dime or two to spare! PLEASE, email me ( and I will deliver your labeled bottle(s) or mail the labels if you live outside Fayette CO.

           OTHER pre-Walk activities your organizing team (Alice, Anne, Stacey, Stephen and Suzi) are planning:
       Recruiter's Rally, Thurs. Aug. 21st, 2nd Presbyterian Church, Lex.  7 P-8:30P   Alice Rogers, God's Pantry staff, will be our guest speaker.
       Watch for your email invitation within next 10 days!  You will receive all needed materials, posters, church bulletins, etc. to promote your group's Walk.  Also, I will have T-shirts available at a reduced rate for all recruiters!  PLEASE, inform me if you are interested in representing your group and attending the Rally!  Right now, approx. 30 groups are involved.  We are the largest Walk in KY!

Hunger/Poverty Sign-making party for all YOUTHS. Thanks to Stacey Stone, our creative, educational leader.  More info later.

             Once again, my honor to work with all my team, recruiters, and volunteers as we plan for this year's exciting Walk!  We are looking forward to meeting and welcoming new groups as we grow this mission.

              Blessings with Joy and Peace,
              Judy Maxson, Walk coordinator
             "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. BUT, the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
          Thanks, Mother Teresa ! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

2013 Walk Review

"They are to do good, to be rich in good works,
to be generous and ready to share...."

                     1 Timothy 6:18
       Approximately 325 caring, concerned Central KY citizens walked in solidarity at the Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 29th for all our sisters and brothers, not only in KY, but around the world struggling with the moral issues of hunger and poverty.

       We were pleased to welcome many new 'faces' representing new churches and organizations!  Joining our mission were Walkers from Christ The King, Historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal, First Presbyterian, Southland Christian, Montgomery County Public Schools, Diana Evans School of Dance, Jessie Clark and Beaumont Middle Schools, and Costco....along with about 8 'walk-ups'.  WOW! Total 26 church groups and 5 organizations from 6 counties gathering to advocate for the common good of all.

       Abundant Thanks to Steve Wyatt and friends from Woodland Christian, Rev. Wendy and Oxford Christian members, Stacey Stone, her family and youth from UUC, Rev. Jerry and youth from 1st Christian, Winchester, 2nd Presbyterian youth lead by Lucie and Patrick, and Alice, God's Pantry for their very informative, creative, and detailed educational presentations! Your efforts and time involved with researching facts to develop your posters and brochures were imperative with increasing awareness of hunger and poverty. I hope each one of you received as many compliments about your 'stations' as I heard!

       As of today (Oct. 17), with several groups still raising/collecting funds, we have approximately $14,000.  PLEASE continue to promote giving to our CROP Hunger Walk for Thanksgiving and Christmas ..... and your birthday, Mother's and Father's Day, etc. :)  The online site is available through MARCH 14th.

       Once again, MANY THANKS! to my team, participants, recruiters, and volunteers that contributed to our most successful CROP Hunger Walk yet!   Next year's Walk: SUNDAY, SEPT. 28th, 2014.

Peace, Love, and Joy
       Judy Maxson, Walk Coordinator