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Kostka Walk' in West Rutland

The St. Bridget and St. Stanislaus Kostka Religious Education classes are sponsoring the annual Kostka Walk for Hunger on Sunday, Oct. 17. The walk begins at 10 a.m. from St. Bridget Church and proceeds through the center of West Rutland. The goal of the Kostka Walk is to raise awareness about the need for food in the community.

All monetary and food donations will go directly to the West Rutland Food Shelf. Donations can be dropped off at St. Bridget Church on Sunday until noon. All are welcome to participate in the walk.

The walk takes its name from St. Stanislaus Kostka who, as a young man of 17, walked from Vienna to Rome to fulfill his dream of becoming a priest. He took nothing with him, and relied on the generosity of others to provide him with food along his journey. In the same way, the Kostka Walk is a symbol of our hope that others' generosity will feed those in need.

Since opening on Jan. 31, 2009, the West Rutland Food Shelf has served several thousand individuals from West Rutland and beyond. The Shelf, under the direction of Tony Morgan, is in great need of food during these difficult economic times.

During the 2009 walk, over 500 food items were collected, and sponsors contributed $1,524 to the food shelf.

St. Bridget Church is located at 28 Church St., off Pleasant Street in West Rutland.

For more information, or to participate in the Kostka Walk, contact the St. Bridget rectory at 438-2490.

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