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CROP Hunger Walk celebrates those who make it happen

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Tuesday night Charlotte’s CROP Hunger Walk will recognize another amazing year. Tuesday’s ‘Recognition Dinner’ celebrates the 37th Annual CROP Hunger Walk’s recruiters and walkers who raised approximately $250,000.

This is a significant amount because this means that since 1978, the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk has raised over $8,000,000 to fight hunger and poverty around the world and here at home. Two million dollars has been distributed to local agencies, Loaves and Fishes, Crisis Assistance Ministry and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 

This year each organization will receive checks of $19,000.

Approximately four thousand people made the walk on October 18. It started off at Independence Park. One of the “miracles” as they describe them, is the CROP Walk takes just a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, but can help make a difference in the lives of women as far away as Kenya, who walk miles EVERY DAY just to have safe water to drink. 

And that stroll through uptown Charlotte also means we’re helping fill the pantries of those in need in our neighborhoods.

PHOTOS: Charlotte's 2014 CROP Walk

I’ve been doing the CROP Hunger Walk for years and it is one of the best afternoons of my year, every year, without a doubt. We like to say the steps we take send a big “We care,” message to the people of this community. From the young and the old, the CROP Hunger Walk is an annual tradition to many families and churches.

Tuesday night we’ll recognize a man I’ve featured as a Mo’s Hero, Lloyd Lancaster. They like to call him "Mister Crop Walk." He’s close to the top single fundraiser of all time with a total of over $200,000.00 raised so far.

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Tuesday will also be about the recruiters, those faith-based organizations and churches that push their members to put on their sneakers and mark off a few hours of a Sunday to make a huge impact in the lives of others.

Top fundraisers will be recognized as well as other awards handed out to those special individuals who exemplify the selfless commitment and service to the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.

Once the Carolina Panthers release their fall schedule we’ll know the date for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to remind you!

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