Emmanuel will again be the starting and ending point
for our annual CROP Walk on October 5. Registration
will be at 12:30 pm with the walk starting at 1:00 pm.
The funds raised will be sent to Church World Service.
Thirty-seven denominations and Christian sects partner
with CWS to provide hunger and disaster relief.
Recently, our joint Vacation Bible School with Faith
and Stairville UMC collected school supplies for CWS
School Kits. We have also collected Clean-up Bucket
Kits in the past for several disasters. CROP Hunger
Walks are “viewed by many as the granddaddy of
charity walks,” notes the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 26,
2009). On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in
Bismarck, ND, walked in what may have been the start
of the hunger walks related to CROP – and raised
$25,000 to help stop hunger. As far as we know, York
County, Penn., was the first walk officially called the
CROP Walk for the Hungry – and that event has been
continuous since 1970. Several other CROP Hunger
Walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there
were hundreds of Walks each year in communities
nationwide. CROP Hunger Walks help to support the

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