Participants needed: CROP Walk comes to town Oct. 7

ROUSES POINT The annual CROP Walk is coming and the Rev. Al Johnson is calling on the publics help to make the event a success.

The Rev. Johnson, pastor of Mooers United Methodist Church, will again serve as organizer for this years walk, which yearly supports Church World Service an international organization that provides assistance to refugees and victims of natural disasters and teaches self-sustaining technologies to Third World countries. However, 25% of the proceeds raised will benefit food pantries in the Northern Tier.

Last years total of approximately $2,100 raised is something the Rev. Johnson hopes to see exceeded or at least equaled at this years walk, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7.

Theres a very good cooperative ecumenical spirit which stretches from Mooers to Champlain to Rouses Point ...Its very important to see at a very practical level what caring individuals can do, and its not limited to Christians, even though it was started by Christians, said the Rev. Johnson. Weve been very blessed.

The Rev. Johnson would know about blessings. Hes seen many of what he considers blessings over his 30-year involvement with CROP Walks from Gloversville to Mooers blessings not only in the form of donations raised for the needy, but in bringing people together as well.

This walk not only helps combat hunger, it builds camaraderie among people of different faiths and ages, said the Rev. Johnson. It brings out many younger folks who might not realize youths their own age share the same interest. It creates fellowship.

Its amazing work that goes on through volunteers, said Douglas Anderson, director of the CWS Upstate New York regional office. And we walk because they walk.

That phrase, We walk because they walk, has become the common motto of CROP walkers across the country. The meaning behind the slogan is that many people who are unable to afford food and the basic necessities of life must walk in order to find them, sometimes at great distances.

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