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Residents walk to stamp out hunger

Becky Vargo • Oct 8, 2018 at 7:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — About 200 people walked Sunday and others walked earlier to raise funds for the annual Tri-Cities area’s C.R.O.P. Hunger Walk.

The local walk’s organizer, Blair Miller, said at least 50 more people were unable to participate Sunday, and so they did their walk earlier.

Walkers had the option of a 3-mile or 1-mile walk starting from Hope Reformed Church in Grand Haven Township and heading southeast on the bike path along Mercury Drive. Those choosing the longer route were treated to a view of some sandhill cranes grazing near Millhouse Bayou.

Miller said that they had some donors who offered a $100 match for every walker who raised $100, up to 150 people.

“That’s $15,000 if we have enough walkers who do that,” he said.

The local goal was 300 walkers raising $44,000, but the afternoon’s light rain may have put a slight damper on that, Miller said.

Walkers represented 18 area churches and organizations in the 44th annual event.

Twenty-five percent of the funds stay local and will be donated to The People Center, The Salvation Army and Love in Action.

The C.R.O.P. (an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program) walks began in 1947 under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946.

Anyone interested in making a donation to the local effort can do so at: crophungerwalk.org/grandhavenmi/Donate.

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