CROP Walk comes back to Thomasville

Event to be held Sunday
Sep. 27, 2013 @ 12:02 PM

After assisting High Point for each of the last several years, the missions committee at Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting the return of The CROP Walk to Thomasville this Sunday for the first time in over a decade.

CROP Hunger Walks are communitywide events organized by local congregations to raise funding for those around the world who lack food and fresh drinking water. Tracy Brinkley, a member of the committee at the church, is excited about hosting the walk and hopes to see it grow in the future.

"Years and years ago, Thomasville hosted it's own CROP walk," Brinkley said. "The last few years, we sent our resources to High Point, but I thought, 'Why not bring it back?' When you have it in your own community, you get to keep 25 percent of the proceeds for your food pantries."

The rest of the funds go directly to the ministry of Church World Service, which sponsors the walk. The event will consist of 1- and 3-mile routes leaving the church at 3 p.m. Brinkley hopes individuals, as well as groups, will turn out for what she refers to as a minimal commitment.

"We wanted to make it available for families, so that you're only committing an hour of a beautiful fall day," Brinkley said. "You walk with friends and family. It's fellowship, it's fun, providing food for others. We're encouraging local churches to bring their youth groups. We realize we're starting from scratch this year, but our goal is to raise that number each time we have it."

Donation forms are available to sponsors who wish to designate a specific amount of money.

The vision for The CROP Walk is based on the model of Jesus, who walked with his closest friends, as well complete strangers, in hopes of changing their lives. Brinkley's sense of conviction about how the event speaks to members of the community is evident as she talks about why things of this nature are important.

"You leave church having just heard the message, and you kind of wonder what am I going to do with this?"

For more information, contact Brinkley at 880-5875 or

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or


Chili cook-off to benefit pantries

First Presbyterian Church, 21 Randolph St., will host its eighth annual Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 5.

Proceeds go directly to area food agencies who assist struggling families. Last year's event raised more than $4,000 for four area food banks — Cooperative Community Ministries, His Laboring Few Ministry, St. Stephens Progressive Baptist Church and Fairgrove Family Resource Center. Thanks to additional sponsorship,  The Grand Chili Pepper Cup champion will receive $250, the runner-up $100 and third place $50.

In addition to the chili, baked goods will be sold. Musical entertainment includes New Journey and Forever His. A chair donated by Uwharrie Chair Co. will be raffled.  

Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center's heartburn treatment center returns as the event's primary sponsor.

Registration for the cookoff is $20. For more information, call Griffin at 476-4110 or 880-2019.