“These Shoes are made for Walkin'”- And Much More!

crop hunger walk

We are gearing up for the Newport News/Peninsula CROP Hunger Walk scheduled for October 8, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church! Onsite registration for walkers is from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m., with the three kilometer walk commencing at 2:00 p.m. The three kilometers (nearly two miles) represents the distance that many people in the world have to walk for water.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. This mission supports our local food bank, U.S.-based hunger-fighting organizations and international efforts in providing clean drinking water and tools and training to help families grow the food they need.

We at the UUFP need walkers, donations and cookies. Our cookies are greatly appreciated as an end-of-the-walk treat for the walkers. It’s often the first question we are asked at our Sunday morning Social Justice info/registration table: “Will we be donating cookies this year?”

New and used shoes (ALL sizes and types) are also being collected to donate to THRIVE Peninsula, an organization that teams with many others in turning our donated shoes into jobs in developing nations, funds to help Peninsula families and an environmental effort to reduce waste in our area (and nation’s) landfills! A shoe collection box for this “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” mission is located in the UUFP sanctuary near the entrance/rest rooms.

On October 1, the children of the RE classes will bake cookies for the walk. Because the aroma of baking cookies is so enticing, they will be offered to the congregation for a donation towards the CROP Walk.

To sign up to support this worthy outreach, go to Newport News/Peninsula CROP Hunger Walk, or see Carey Hall-Warner at the Social Justice table between services. If you have questions, email her at careywynn@hotmail.com.

So let's get our coins, our cookies and our walkin' shoes ready to be a part of "ending hunger, one step at a time"!

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