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Participate in CROP Walk Oct. 1 and make a difference

Friday, September 15, 2006

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Final plans are being made for the Annual Plymouth County CROP Walk for Hunger set for Sunday, Oct. 1, in Le Mars.

The event will have a new location, Jim Lorenzen Field, with walkers using the track at the football stadium.

CROP Walk is an annual event which gathers funds for the hungry, those who have unclean and contaminated water, and those who have little or no medical supplies through out the world and in the United States and the local community as well.

The Rev. Larry Fett is serving as coordinator of this year's walk, which is a project of Church World Service and the Le Mars Ministerial Alliance. The project has served more than 30 Third World countries and will target many needs throughout the world.

A large portion of the funds raised this year in the thousands of CROP Walks taking place across the country will be distributed to the crisis areas here in the United States.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised at the Plymouth County CROP Walk stays in the county and is given to the Christian Needs Center and Mid-Sioux Opportunity to be used for local families. In past years, this support has amounted to more than $1,000 to each of these local agencies.

Churches, youth groups, schools, 4-H clubs and Scouting Packs are encouraged to come out and walk. People can sponsor walkers by donating so much a mile or giving a lump sum for world hunger.

Coordinator Fett can supply participants with any sponsor record forms, information and answer any questions about the walk. He can be reached by calling 546-5516 (at Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 Seventh Ave. S.E.), or by calling his home at 546-4943.

Registration on Sunday, Oct. 1, is from 1 to 1:30 p.m., with the walk beginning at 1:30 p.m. The location of the walk is changed this year from Foster Park to Jim Lorenzen Field and track at the Le Mars Community Schools complex.

"Rather than route our way around town, this year we will have the fellowship of walking around the track," said Fett. "One can walk one, two or three miles. Refreshments and snacks will be provided, along with incentives to walk the full three miles. One can register, walk and be headed home in less than hour. You will not only feel better, but you will make a difference in this world by helping someone else."

As people contemplate walking or making donation, Fett asks them to consider that 840 million people are undernourished in our world, 1.2 billion people in developing countries live on $1 a day or less, 70 percent of those who suffer from hunger are women and girls, 6 million children under age five die each year from hunger, more than 33 million U.S. citizens cannot afford to meet their basic food needs and one in five U.S. children are born in poverty.

"These facts should remind us of the abundant blessings we have," Fett said. "Please, support the 2006 CROP Walk. Make a witness and make a difference."



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