$1,765 raised by CROP Walk

To the editor:

The annual Wellington CROP-Walk was held on May 30, 2015. Walkers from Wellington, Brighton, and Rochester United Methodist churches, Wellington First Congregational Church, and other community members participated in the hunger walk, which began at the Well-Help office and followed a course of 1.6 miles.

Each year over 2,000 communities across the nation hold CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walks. Donations raised go to Church World Service, which then distributes monies to local, national and world needy. To find out more about CROP-Walks, visit www.churchworldservice.org or www.cropwalk.org

Together, we raised $1,765.44. Our local food pantry, Well-Help, will receive a check for one fourth of the total, or $441.71. While it is important to provide for our own community, we can still help fight hunger and poverty in a suffering world and that’s what CROP walks do. Since the Wellington Area CROP-Walk resumed in 2007, 0ver $22,000 has been raised and over $5,500 has been given locally.

We had much community support in this endeavor: Barb O’ Keefe, Marla Lent, Village Market, Geyer’s. A special thank you goes to the Wellington Eagles, Dan Gossman of Allstate Insurance, Murner Law Firm, and all the individuals who sponsored our walkers. Thank you also to the stores and businesses that allowed us to post signs advertising the walk.

Once again, thank you to all the walkers and to those who sponsored walkers. A very special thanks go to Amy Calfo, Katie Woods, and Ricki Spicer who coordinated this year’s walk.

Pat Murner

Wellington CROP-Walk