Annual walk raises ,628 for hunger

Seventy-two walkers participated Sunday in the CROP Hunger Walk in Houston. About $3,628 was raised to fight hunger in Texas County and around the world.

One quarter of the donations will be sent back to the Texas County Food Pantry and the Licking United Community Help Center. Other funds will be used by Curch World Service, an ecumenical relief organization, for its many projects to help refugees, victims of disasters and the hungry.

Walkers came from Houston and surrounding communities and churches: Licking, First Baptist and the United Community Help Center; Cabool, Church of the Brethren; Houston, Houston United Methodist, First Baptist, Northside Baptist ,St. Mark’s Catholic Church and the Texas County Food Pantry.

Winner of the prestigious “Stinky Shoe Award” was Reese Bucher, with the largest total of funds raised, $813.

An organizer states, “We thank the Houston Senior Citizens Center for allowing us to use their facility, and each person who took part or helped in any way. This year’s walk was a great success.”

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