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Church World Service staff walks for hunger

This is the first time that Church World Services staff members will have their own CROP Hunger Walk.

Posted on Oct. 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 2, 2013 at 3:23 p.m.

ELKHART — Each year people from Elkhart County participate in the annual CROP Hunger Walk to raise money and awareness for hunger-fighting programs.

But the staff at Church World Services, the global humanitarian organization that organizes the CROP Hunger Walks nationwide, will be raising funds for their own Hunger Walk for the first time on Thursday.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate the staff we are and the work we’ve done,” said Donna Kruis, CWS business operations director who is organizing the CWS staff and the 34th annual Elkhart county CROP Hunger Walks.

The staff-only lunch activity on Thursday will act as a miniature version of Sunday’s event, and will include a lunch and Hunger Walk. Prizes will be awarded to the person with the most money raised, the person with the most sponsors and the person with the most creative CROP Hunger Walk attire.

While some CWS staffers are involved with public CROP walks in their hometowns, most are unable to participate for various reasons, according to Kruis.

Susan Coyne, office manager for CWS’ marketing department, says the event will be “a fun way for people to get together to support our mission for Elkhart and around the world.” She said Elkhart and St. Joseph counties each raise between $30,000 and $40,000 annually through CROP Hunger Walks.

According to Coyne, 25 percent of the proceeds will go to CWS, while the remainder will be used for programs around the world, including micronutrient packages for children, agricultural aid with livestock and drought-resistant crops, and providing water to places that do not have access to it.

The staff-only event will take place at Cobus Creek County Park on C.R. 8 in Elkhart,

The Elkhart County CROP Hunger Walk will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Island Park.

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