Every step of Harvest Walk helps feed neighbors in need

Sep. 24, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Area churches are aiming to refresh a time-honored tradition this coming Saturday.

Lee County residents will take to the streets to raise funds for the community's hungry during the Lee County Harvest Walk at First Presbyterian Church, located at 203 Hawkins Ave. Walkers can sign in from 8-10 a.m., and the church's chairman of the Witness and Benevolent Committee, Bob Davis, said he's hoping for more than 50 walkers during the inaugural event.  

"We will take any amount," he said. "My wife is walking for the first time, and she already has $500 in pledges. So if we get three or four people like that, we'll make a lot of money."

Every penny will go to charities helping the hungry, which include Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County, Meals on Wheels, the Breadbasket, HAVEN, Sanford Outreach Mission and Communities in Schools' BackPack Pals program, Davis said.

The participants will begin at the church, then snake through downtown Sanford before returning. Each loop is a mile, and walkers are set to make five rotations. The money, donated by the walkers' sponsors, will be collected by the church.

"I hope they feel good about helping people eat," he said. "We do have a lot of hungry people in Lee County, believe it or not."

In decades past, people participated in CROP hunger walks for the same purpose — sometimes walking as many as 10 miles — and this harvest walk is a way to tap into a historical tradition, according to JC Perry, who serves on the church committee with Davis. 

"We are trying to recreate the churches in Lee County coming together for the hunger walk for the six entities we are trying to help," Perry said. 

People need to understand the part they can play in helping families in need and individuals who struggle with hunger every day, he said.

"[They're] doing something to help people who are not as lucky as you and I," Perry said. " ... They are doing something wonderful for their community."

First Presbyterian Church is hosting the walk, but the event is sponsored by a variety of Lee County churches, Davis said. 

WANT TO GO?

  • What: Lee County Harvest Walk to benefit local charities
  • When: Saturday (walkers should arrive before 10 a.m.)
  • Where: First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Ave.