K - Iím really going to miss it this year.
P - Miss what?
K - This yearís CROP Walk.
P - Oh, yeah. For the first time, Iím not going to be able to
K - Why?
P - Well, our family will be visiting my mother that weekend,
and checking out Bridgewater college for Caitlin.
K - Thatís right, youíre beginning the college search, arenít
P - You got it. Your family will be away, also?
K - Yes, we love camping on the Skyline Drive, and havenít
for a while.
P - I hope you have a wonderful weekend as a family!
K - Yeah, but Iím going to miss the CROP Walk. Iíve enjoyed
walking together with my children, knowing that weíre doing
P - Yes, last year our community raised over $14,000 to help
alleviate world hunger. Over $3,000 of that came through the 20
people from our church who walked.
K - Thatís true, but there more to it.
P - Certainly is! A quarter of what we raise stays locally,
funding organizations that help the poor in the Baltimore area. Iíve
been to one of those organizations, "Beans and Bread,"
and they do much more than run a soup kitchen. They help people
pull themselves out of poverty.
K - I like that, but thereís more about the walk that grabs
P - Your right. One of reasons I like these CROP Walks is that
the money which people pledge, beyond the 25% that stays in our
area, can go to any global hunger agency they choose. This says to
me that these organizations are working together. And theyíre
doing more than handing out food. Theyíre helping people to grow
their own, to take charge of their own lives.
K - Thatís very important, but I like these walks for another
P - What is that?
K - As I walk, I think about people around the world who live
on much less than I do. I can choose to walk in this
fun activity, but there are people who have to walk
every day just to live. Their water might not come from a facet in
their own home. They may have to walk many miles to a distant well
just to carry back enough water for drinking, cooking, or
cleaning. Even when our family camps, we are living so much better
than the majority of people in this world.
P - Gee, now Iím feeling guilty for being away next weekend.
I helped to start this community CROP Walk. This will be the first
one Iíve missed in seven years. I hope others step up and walk.
K - Iím going to miss seeing Mike and Gail Hanna waiting at
the refreshment table on the trail, offering encouragement and a
cold cup of water. Do you think theyíre doing that again this
P - I donít know. Do you remember who is handing out the
pledge envelopes for those who want to walk?
K - I think itís Chris Breidenbaugh, Sharon Kagarise, and
Lillie Mae Palmer.
P - I heard that not many have signed up yet. Itís only one
week away, and every walker needs time to get others to sponsor
them. Today is the day to get started!...
K - Well, even though I canít walk this year, Iíd be
willing to sponsor someone.
P - Me, too! Me, too!