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More people needed 'to pitch in' and fight hunger

Crop Walk ambles despite rain

About 20 people and a dog did laps around Westville Lake to raise funds for hunger relief last weekend. Although most of it will go to programs overseas, 25 percent is going to Brimfield Congregational Church’s ongoing tornado relief effort. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
October 03, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Sunday's rain, sometimes down pouring, didn't stop a hardy band of about 20 folks from participating in this year's Crop Walk to raise funds to fight hunger.

One thing several of them said was quite clear: The issue, especially with this bad economy, needs far more effort than just theirs.

"I would personally like to see more private groups getting involved in this sort of thing," said Dennis Kosakowski of Dudley. "I think the residents of this area can step up and personally chip in. we shouldn't rely on the government to do it. Over many years, people have become self-centered and I hope we can persuade them to pitch in."

The annual effort is the local manifestation of a nationwide project by Church World Service, which aims to aid the beleaguered in a variety of ways. In this area, it most recently helped coordinate training and some outreach in response to June's tornado. This particular walk, however, was organized by a cluster of regional churches called the Ecumenical Council, and it's the 35th year someone in the area has ran one.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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