Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 Hunger Walk Update

"This is one community. It's important to demonstrate that we work together. We are one."
                  Rick Clewett of the Temple Adath Israel
....and YES, we were one on that very warm, sunny Sept. 25th!  On behalf of all our neighbors for whom we WALKED; nearly 300 of us..... GAVE; nearly $25,000 just now..... and CHANGED their WORLD, extreme gratitude to each person that gave their time, energy, funds, creativity -- and most of all your compassion and love to this mission.

       These past several years my team and I have focused on 'growing' the diversity of the WALK mission. We've made progress with including churches, organizations and groups from other surrounding counties. I am grateful to Angelique Bell, friend, Walk participate, and volunteer with ONE for inviting members of Temple Adath Israel and Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque to walk with us. What a joyful blessing to welcome new friends to the Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk!

   Many Thanks to God's Pantry Food Bank, ONE, East 2nd St. Christian Church, Unitarian Universalist, Maxwell Presbyterian and First Christian Church, Winchester youth groups and sponsors for complementing our Walk experience with their informative educational stations. Kudos! to Crestwood Christian Church youth and leaders, Casey and Patrick, for once again hosting our pre-Walk poster party! Not only did they bring many bright, creative posters to the Walk...but 34 Walkers!

       Gratitude also to our business partner, Alfalfa Restaurant, for their sponsorship and donation!  Other new participants this year: Mason & Hanger Group Inc., St. Luke's Methodist, 1st United Methodist and Crossroads Christian Church. Altogether, friends from 25 churches/temple/mosque representing 5 counties and 4 organizations Walked in solidarity to continue our fight against hunger and poverty here and around the world.

   One of my many blessings is having the honor and joy to partner with each one of you and yours every year as we plan and create another amazing, productive community event! You are all a part of saving lives and changing futures. As we Give Thanks this Thanksgiving, celebrate Christmas and Holiday Joy, do consider sharing more of your bountiful blessings to support the anti-hunger programs of CWS (Church World Service) and God's Pantry Food Bank at

        THANK YOU!
        Walking together with Blessings of Peace, Joy and Love,
           Judy Maxson, Organizer

SAVE these 2017 Dates!
   Thursday, Aug. 17th, 7 PM: Recruiter's Rally, at 2nd Presbyterian
   Sunday, Sept. 24th, 3 PM: Greater Lex. CROP (Communities
        Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The 2016 CROP Hunger Walk

One Step at a Time.

    The Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will be SUNDAY, SEPT. 25th at Second Presbyterian Church, E. Main St.  This will be Lexington's 29th Walk and 13th year that 2nd Presbyterian will host Central KY's only Walk that fights global hunger. A grassroots mission of Church World Service (CWS), the national hunger walks raise funds and awareness to end hunger.  This is more than a 'church' event; this is a community Walking in solidarity with ALL our sisters, brothers and children struggling with hunger and poverty. It is open to all those caring to make a difference.

    AND what a difference we made last year!  For the first time ever, we surpassed our $25,000 goal by $760.00! Our 25% grant to God's Pantry Food Bank provided over 51,000 meals to our food-insecure friends in Central and Eastern KY. Church World Service receives 75% of the funds which assist global communities to gain access to clean water, begin a community garden, train local farmers with sustainable agriculture techniques, etc. A $100.00 donation will train 25 farmers.  A $20.00 gift will supply a year of micro-nutrient packets to a child in a CWS Therapeutic Feeding Center; enough to bring a malnourished child to a healthy standard of living. Yes, we are destined to share our bounty with "the least of these."

     A PRE-WALK Poster-making Party for all participating youth, their leaders, clergy and parents will be Sunday, SEPT. 18th, 4-6 PM at Crestwood Christian Church, 1882 Bellefonte Dr. Lex.  Abundant Thanks to Casey and Patrick for hosting this ecumenical, energizing, creative youth event again this year! PLEASE contact Casey McDonald or Stacey Stone before THURS. SEPT. 15th to 'sign-up' for this FUN celebration!

WALK DAY, SEPT. 25th Info:

    Since Alfalfa Restaurant, E. Main St., donates a percentage of their total sales on WALK DAY, do plan to enjoy a scrumptious brunch the 25th! Thank them for being our enthusiastic partner last year and now!
    BRING with you: At least one other person!, a water bottle (refills available at 1st Christian Church, Winchester's Water Station in Gratz Park), non-perishable protein food (peanut butter, can chicken, tuna) for God's Pantry, good walking shoes, posters to carry!  Strollers, dogs OK but please! NO scooters, bikes, skateboards.
    3:00 PM: Arrive and register (if not already completed on-line) BUT DO 'sign-in' to be counted and receive a WALK sticker. Meet and greet fellowship activities will include more poster making, purchase a $12.00 Walk T-shirt to wear, learn more about the "ONE" campaign, visit God's Pantry Food Bank station, group pictures, etc.
    3:25 PM: Responsive CROP Hunger Walk Litany and Send-off.
    3:30 PM: 3-mile experiential Walk through downtown, historic Gratz Park, and South Hill. Our Walk is NOT a race. Take time to learn more about hunger/poverty at the educational stations.  Follow the Walk signs! Remain on the sidewalks and PLEASE be mindful of uneven concrete! Crossing guard volunteers will be stationed at busy intersections. NO jaywalking!  Thank You!  The 2nd church bus will be provided again this year and will stop at the educational stations along the route. One can ride/walk as needed....or ride the entire route. 

      Gratitude to the many committed recruiters, Team Leaders and participants from 5 counties that are motivating and mobilizing their churches and organizations, to all our on-line Spirit Walkers from near and far, and to the many volunteers that assist my team and me with coordinating this worthy mission! We are bringing gifts of HOPE, sharing HELP and restoring DIGNITY to all God's children in need of the most basic human rights. Hunger is NOT an issue of charity but an issue of Justice!

       Walking together in peace, joyful blessings and love,
            Judy Maxson, Walk Coordinator  

The 2016 Downtown 3-mile Experiential Walk
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