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40th annual CROP Walk is set for Sunday

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What is better than having the most participants in the Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk this Sunday — this means more than last year’s 187, which was a record.

And another record was broken — monetary contributions last year reached just over $1,200. Are you a believer that records are here to be broken? Well, if you and many more believe it, who says it cannot be broken? Not me. Just look at the talented crew members from the different Wake Forest area churches who are heading up this year’s event and you will believe these record-breaking goals.

• From Wake Forest United Methodist Church — Maggie Anderson, event coordinator; George Shaw, business sponsorship leader; Marilyn Bonnett, secretary and publicity leader; and Martha Loftin, treasurer.

• From St. John’s Episcopal — Kenille Baumgardner, coordinator of Volunteers for Walk, and Helen Holt, educational activities co-leader.

• From Wake Forest Presbyterian — Mille Selller, educational activities co-leader.

• From Friendship Chapel — Norma Bennekin, program coordinator at Hope House.

• From Church World Service — Roberta Macauley, congregational and community engagement specialist.

• From Olive Branch Baptist — Lisa Baker.

One quarter of funds raised will be split between Wake Forest’s Tri-Area Ministry and Hope House. The CROP Walk raised $12,225 last year. The group hopes to even surpass that this year.

And it can be reached if we all participate and get those sign-up sheets filled. Don’t be bashful about asking people to sponsor you in the Walk. Quite often, they are just waiting to be asked to sponsor someone. It very well could be you. You have already passed the test for being part of something worthwhile and remember, it only comes once per year — not every month! So, please give generously! Most people give a generous $25. But many more jump at the opportunity to give even more to a worthy cause like the annual CROP Walk.

Remember — it’s a really good feeling to be a part of something so worthy and you don’t have to do anything more than write a check or pull at least $25 from your wallet or purse.

About five years ago before I fell on my basement garage steps, I was about to start walking in the CROP Walk and somehow teamed up walking with Maggie Anderson and her little dog, Stella, just as we started the CROP Walk in Wake Forest at the corner of South White Street and Holden Avenue.

It was good for both of us to have a partner to talk with to break up the monotony of walking. Maggie has moved up in the CROP Walk to event coordinator, and I think she will be a good one. Her little pal, Stella, is no longer a part of the Anderson family to my sorrow and I’m sure the family’s. I called her little walking friend, Stella Dallas, from the radio show of many years ago.

A reminder: Get your sign-up sheets at your church. Sign-in time is 1:30 p.m. Walk time is 2:30 p.m. starting at Wake Forest Historical Museum at 414 North Main St. in Wake Forest on Sunday.

Note: you have a choice of 5K and a 1.5 mile option. Maggie’s email is or 919-605-7463.

Bob Allen, publisher emeritus of The Wake Weekly, invites comments at 919-556-3059 or