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?  AND....you 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 more-www.churchworldservice.org.

           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 (jke659@gmail.com) 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 !