We often hear of disasters that strike here in our own country and around the world. We hear of families struggling to meet everyday needs. We hear of people who spend their whole day walking just to get clean water. We hear of millions of people living on the edge of subsistence, struggling to escape the crushing grip of poverty and powerlessness. People are hungry, thirsty, and they need more than a handout. They need a way out. Do you sometimes wonder how you might be more personally involved with helping people find the help they need?
Here is a great way to help. This year is the fourth year that Church World Service will sponsor a CROP Hunger Walk here on the Peninsula. First a review: What is Church World Service? In a nutshell, it is an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency. There are 36 member denominations in Church World Service, and both UCC and Disciples are members. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. CROP Hunger Walks are community fund-raising events and are held every year in 1000 communities across our nation. In the last 20 years, CROP Hunger Walks have raised more than $294 million to provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development for needy people around the world, and around the corner. 25% of what we raise will stay right here in our own community.
Our Walk, the San Francisco and Peninsula CROP Hunger Walk, will be held on Sunday, October 2, at 2:00 pm, in Menlo Park. The idea is that we signup to be walkers in our CROP Hunger Walk, and we solicit donations from our friends, relatives, acquaintances. And if you can’t walk, you can be a Spirit Walker and just solicit donations. We walk together with others from our communities and churches in a spirit of cooperation to raise money and awareness, as we work to End Hunger One Step at a Time.
Sign up online to be a Walker, Donor, or both for the CROP Hunger Walk. Here’s how. Click here. Click on Register. Click on Yes, I want to join a team. You will see Chalice/CUCC, San Carlos. Click on Donate Now or Join. Follow directions for setting up an account. Or sign up with Ann Willard and secure a donation envelope, not online.