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Remember those in need

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By The Staff

I am a very fortunate person. I can (and do) give fresh and clean water every day to my children and even my cats and dogs. When we don’t have rain, I can use that same fresh water to keep my vegetable and flower gardens alive. I am lucky to have enough money to buy food for my kids and pets, too. I even have the choice to feed them healthy food or

unhealthy food on special occasions, knowing that their next meals will fulfill their nutritional needs.

Many people around the world and even in Los Alamos do not have these luxuries that some take for granted. In our community, at least the water from our faucets won’t make us sick from drinking it.

With minimal effort we can make a huge difference in our community, as well as around the world. The CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk is an organization that addresses some of these issues at the grassroots level. Through their efforts, new fishing boats were built in Indonesia after the tsunami. CROP paid for local labor and materials and then gave these boats to fishermen in that community. A portion of their profits goes toward a “pay it forward” system where the money is used in other Indonesian communities to build more boats. In Guatemala, CROP helped local women set up weaving guilds and taught them marketing skills; they now earn more than the men in their community and they are able to provide better food and education for their children and help other women and men set up craft industries.

Last year, the CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot in Los Alamos earned $13,200 and 25 percent of that stayed in town and was donated to LA Cares which provides food on a monthly basis to more than 100 families in need.

The 2009 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk/Turkey Trot will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Los Alamos Middle School. I invite you to join us and help raise some money to alleviate poverty and hunger at the local and global levels. There is no cost, but donations of money or nonperishable food items are greatly appreciated. Please arrive early to get signed up.

If you have questions, you can e-mail me at tewapack@rt66.com or call me at 661-9619. Donations can be delivered at the actual CROP Hunger walk, or checks can be made out to “CROP walk” and sent to 1441 11th St., Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.

Lynn Wysocki-Smith

Los Alamos