Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000

Local News

Churches lace up their shoes for food

   Bothell Mayor Michael Noblet is declaring May 7 CROP Walk Day, an event sponsored by Church World Service.

   More than 300 walkers from nine local churches are expected to lace up their shoes and walk the one-, three-, or six-mile course, hoping to raise approximately $15,000 for food shelters. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at Bothell United Methodist Church; walk starts at 1:30 p.m.

   "This isn't your run-of-the-mill fundraiser," said David Reinholz, Bothell's CROP Walk 2000 coordinator. "We're not raising funds for a church trip or to build a new sports complex; we are raising funds to support Church World Service, an organization that provides food and shelter for the people in our community in their time of need."

   The funds raised during the 2000 CROP Walk will be used for local emergency relief efforts and long-term programs aimed at alleviating hunger and poverty in more than 80 countries worldwide. A percentage of the funds raised will be used to support Hopelink, a local agency that provides emergency shelter, food, and financial assistance in King County.

   "The CROP Walk is a great opportunity for members of the community to give back something and to make a difference," said Reinholz. "One of our main goals during this year's CROP Walk is educating everyone on the importance of fighting hunger not only in our community, but internationally."

   To participate in the Walk or to make a pledge of support, call David Reinholz at (425) 889-9979.