“Ending hunger, one step at a time” is the motto of the annual Crop Walk to help end world hunger. Footprints, posters and information highlighting the 2012 Racine Crop Walk covered floors and walls of Emmaus Lutheran Church, advertising the walk to kids participating in EASY (Emmaus After School for Youth) and Wednesday night programming. Organized by Brenda Trumbauer, Nancy Smith and Diane Melander, kids were encouraged to solicit donations to help fight hunger and then to be part of the October 14 event.
Although Crop advertises, “we walk, rain or shine,” Pastor Mary was concerned about the forecast of rain that Sunday. After a couple of phone calls and text messages early that Sunday morning, it was decided to move the venue for the Emmaus walkers to Regency Mall. The “Emmaus/Emaús Neons” donned their bright blue custom made t-shirts, piled into vehicles and made their way to the mall.
The thirty walkers, ranging in age from two to seventy-two, made their way around the mall four, and in some cases five, times. Two-year old Mateo had the big advantage, being pushed in his stroller by his mom, Liliana. Not only was the goal of walking over three miles accomplished, but the group collected over $561 to help fight hunger. The kids, each time a merchant or a shopper stopped to ask them what they were doing, were proud to announce, “We are walking to fight hunger!”