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CROP Hunger Walk suports many local households | Opinion | Sept. 23

We recently recognized the 10th anniversary of one of the most devastating single days in the history of the United States. Sept. 11, 2011, left our country with a feeling of sadness, helplessness, and anger – all wrapped into one.

As I contemplated my annual words to the Review readers in support of the Bainbridge/North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk, I kept remembering the words of one of the 9-11 citizen heroes who helped carry a woman and her wheelchair down several flights of stairs in one of the World Trade Center towers.

He talked about how to be a hero today:

“What better way to memorialize those firemen. ... Go out and help others. It doesn’t take much to just be considerate of others – putting them first sometimes.”

What amazing words … and what perfect words for the world today.

How can each of us be a hero in this world?

One direction is obvious to me – and conveniently the topic of my column today – support the BI/NK CROP Hunger Walk, which is scheduled for Oct. 2 this year.

The event primarily benefits Church World Service, which is an amazing international organization.

It works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world, for those of us looking to make a difference in our own community.

But the actual CROP Hunger Walk is still the answer, to the aforementioned question. Twenty-five percent of the funds earned each year by the BI/NK CROP Hunger Walk stays right in the community.

Twenty percent goes to Helpline House on Bainbridge and 5 percent supports Poulsbo’s Fishline. So, if the local walk earns $50,000 (our goal this year), that’s $10,000 going right to Helpline House. And you would be amazed how many folks would view your contributions as worthy of hero status.

For those who might be thinking hunger is only a problem outside of our community – somewhere else like other countries or other cities – think again. In August alone, a total of 386 Bainbridge Island households (2,071 islanders) utilized the Helpline food bank.

In addition to the walk itself, CROP Hunger Walk funds are raised through Restaurant Day.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, several Bainbridge Island restaurants are offering a portion of their receipts for CROP Walk. Here’s a list of the restaurants working with the local walk this year –

Cafe Nola, Casa Rojas, Commuter Comforts, Doc’s Marina Grill, Emmy’s Vege House, Four Swallows, Harbour Public House, Hitchcock, Local Harvest, Modern Pie, Mora Iced Creamery, New Rose Café, Pegasus Coffee House, San Carlos Restaurant, Sawatdy Thai Cuisine, Streamliner Diner, SuBI, That’s A Some Pizza and Treehouse Café.

Don’t forget to say “thank you” to the restaurant managers. This is a great program, and we’re lucky to have such fine business folks in our community.

Part of the amazing success of the BI/NK CROP Hunger Walk was bolstered several years ago with the emergence of a true angel – a donor who will match every dollar earned by walkers.

So, when you are pledging to the walk this year – think, again, about that doubling magic.

If you can’t make it out on Oct. 2, contact a walker and offer a pledge. And eat out on Sept. 23, too.

Or, you can go to www.cropwalkonline.org, navigate to the Bainbridge walk, and donate online.

The first CROP Hunger Walk, which took place late in 1969, was actually put together as a bit of a protest regarding the fight against world hunger.

As people of faith, the organizers challenged, we can do better at this. Over 40 years later, we are doing better – but the battle is far from over.

For more information on the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap CROP Hunger Walk, contact Nancy Quitslund at 842-4658 or Rachel Kerbrat at 842-8729.

 

David Beemer

CROP Hunger Walk Team

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