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DeWitt County residents have the opportunity to take part in an event to help fight hunger, both locally and abroad.

The annual CROP Walk will take place this Sunday afternoon at Weldon Springs State Park. One of the organizers of the event, Patrice Brotherton explains the campaign is aimed at raising money to fight hunger. She feels taking to the streets to walk several miles speaks volumes to the work they are trying to do.

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According to Brotherton, just after World War II, farmers gathered grain to ship over to Europe to help combat the starvation that was happening as a result of the devastation from the war. And from there, the event has taken off to a nationwide event, that happens throughout the country.

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With the many weather catastrophes that have struck not just America, but the many locations around the world. Brotherton explains 25% of the funds raised will stay in DeWitt County and go to various food banks, however, the rest goes to Church World Service, a company with a very low administration overhead, which means just over 70% of the funds raised go directly to needed areas.

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Registration takes place at 1:45 at Weldon Springs. Those participating will walk from the Springs to Mr. Lincoln Square in Clinton. For more information, you can contact Darryl Bremner at 935-9670 or Jeannette Ferguson 935-5203.

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