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11/30/2012 12:16:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Local CROP Walk raises more than $11,000
BRIDGEPORT - Lawrence County CROP Walk, held in late September, was extremely successful, according to organizers who have released this year's fund-raising totals.

The more than 160 people who walk, through donations and help from others, raised a record $11,529.25.

CROP, which used to stand for Christian Rural Overseas Program, but now means Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, is an interfaith agency sponsored by Church World Services that assists the less fortunate in times of hunger, disaster and poverty.

"Amidst the falling economy and the ways of the world, Lawrence County found its way to prevail," said Julie Lockhart, a local CROP organizer. "Sign of the Kingdoms will be blessed with a 25 percent split."

Organizers explained that 25 percent of the money (about $2,880) collected will stay in the county and be distributed to Sign of the Kingdom East and Sign of the Kingdom West.

There is a point to the annual fund-raiser, held each year in a different Lawrence County community, being a walk. Hungry people in developing countries typically walk as much as six miles a day to get food, water and fuel and to take their goods to market.

"We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence. We walk because they walk," Church World Services officials point out, noting that some 2,000 communities across the United States take part each year.


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