Foothills CROP Hunger Walk Celebrates 20 Years of Community Caring

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On Sunday, October 18, in Clement Park, Littleton, Colorado, the 20th Annual Foothills CROP Hunger Walk steps into a new decade. This milestone for will include a celebration with David Mporampora and Sifa Sifa Africa, a food drive, and more.

On Sunday, October 18, individuals and groups will gather in Littleton, Colorado, for the 20th Foothills CROP Hunger Walk. Prior to the 5k walk, they will celebrate with music by David Mporampora and Sifa Sifa Africa. Individuals or groups can sign up to walk, or donate online, at http://www.cropwalk.org.

Volunteers are also organizing a food drive for local food banks to coincide with the walk. Plus, they are facilitating a marketplace of sorts where those who work in Colorado and around the world to help the less fortunate will be able to network with each other and with walkers.

The grassroots effort that is the Foothills CROP Hunger Walk has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in two decades while building community in the suburbs south of Denver. Another focus of the walk has been to educate walkers (especially children) about what the realities are for people around the world concerning hunger, poverty, the need for potable water, what life is like for refugees, and more.

Those who have been involved have been churches, service groups, school groups, and individuals. It has been an interfaith effort, and has continued through a number of difficult years; the walk went on as usual in 1999 after the Columbine tragedy occurred in the community (Columbine High School is adjacent to Clement Park.) and after the national tragedy on September 11, 2001. A few years ago, a blizzard on the day of the walk nearly shut the entire event down, but volunteers and a few hearty walkers went forward with it. The current recession is a challenge for fundraising through the walk.

The money walkers raise through the walk goes to work through Church World Service (CWS), a cooperative effort of 35 different Protestant denominations, in Colorado, other parts of the United States, and in over 80 countries around the World. (Go to http://www.churchworldservice.org for more information on the nongovernmental organization.) The Foothills CROP Hunger Walks is one of some 2,000 CROP hunger walks that occur across the United States every year.

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