FAIRBORN — The Fairborn United Methodist Church recently hosted its annual Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Walk to end local and global hunger.
For more than 37 years, organizations and individuals have walked in the Fairborn CROP Walk to raise money for the Fairborn FISH food pantry and for hunger fighting organizations around the world through Church World Service (CWS).
In the 2017 Fairborn CROP Walk, seven organizations participated in the walk. Together, they raised pledges of $4,950 with more expected when the final pledges are turned in. This means at least $1,237.50 will come back to the Fairborn FISH Food Pantry which gives food to hungry Fairborn families. The remaining $3,712.50 will be used by Church World Service and other Hunger Agencies to help people around the world.
There were 36 walkers from the following organizations: Fairborn United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Fairborn, First Presbyterian Church of Fairborn, Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Yellow Springs United Methodist Church, Light of Christ Lutheran Church and Abiding Christ Lutheran Church.
“We appreciate everyone’s hard work and willing hearts, but we do want to recognize some folks who really outdid themselves in the number of years they have walked and the amounts of money they have collected for the 2017 Fairborn CROP Walk,” CROP Walk Publicity Specialist Sally Heys wrote in a press release, Darrel Leister, 26 year participant, raised $1,069; Esther Lloyd, 34 year participant, raised $1,091 and Shelda Cox, 10 year participant, raised $491.
“We were especially happy to see so many of our young people and families participating,” Heys wrote. “How wonderful to see whole families involved in this event. Many thanks to all the walkers, sponsors, registration helpers and prayer warriors who made this walk a success.”
CROP Walk officials asks that participants collect their pledges and turn them in as soon as possible so the money can begin to help people all over the world. If individuals would like to donate or would like more information, contact CROP Walk Chair Bob Andes at 937-878-8629.
Next year’s Fairborn CROP Walk is slated for Sunday, Oct. 14.
Herald News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers. Information courtesy of Sally Heys.