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110 participate in annual South Washington County CROP Walk

October 06, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

KEEDYSVILLE -- Carrying his water pack and iPod, 14-year-old Matthew Fotta said he was ready to walk to Boonsboro and back to help raise money for disaster relief worldwide.

Matthew, of Keedysville, was one of 110 people who participated Sunday in the annual South Washington County CROP Walk, benefiting Church World Services. The walkers solicited donations, and most walked six miles from Taylor Park in Keedysville to Boonsboro and back, said event Treasurer Becky Hein.

Last year's walk raised $7,792.

Like many walkers, Matthew was there with his church, Salem United Methodist in Keedysville.

Matthew raised about $50.

"It feels good to do it," he said.

The CROP Hunger Walk, which has been operating locally for about 40 years, benefits Church World Services -- the relief, development and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations in the United States.

While the majority of money raised will to go Church World Services, 25 percent will be donated to the Southern Washington County Food Bank in Boonsboro, Hein said.

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She said many people chose to raise about $100 for the organization.

The Rev. Steve Hook, of St. James Catholic Church in Boonsboro and St. Augustine in Williamsport, walked Sunday along with about 20 people from those churches.

"It's a way to come together to do something for our society," he said.

Hein said CROP Hunger Walks are typically held on the first Sunday in October. She said there was another walk taking place in Hagerstown on Sunday.

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