WOW! I’m SO excited about how the Hays County CROP Hunger walk turned out! When I arrived at the Dunbar Community Center and Park on Sunday afternoon, I couldn’t have been happier. Seeing the sea of people signing in and registering for the event brought a big smile to my face.
As I wandered around, taking pictures and saying hi to some of the fellow walkers, I felt a buzz of exhilaration among the growing group. To walk not only in solidarity with those around the world who are truly hungry, but also walking in support with those around the corner who are experiencing the same plight, was a warming feeling.
Once we got going, the fun really began. Now, this wasn’t just a normal walk. This was way cooler than just a normal walk. How?
First of all, most of us carried awesome, colorful picket signs displaying facts about Hays County and its hungry population. We also had a handful of people who carried gallon jugs of water with them to make a statement.
We made two stops during the almost 3-mile route. Our first stop was at the Hays County Food Bank. Here, Nathan, from Water Aid – Texas State University’s chapter, made a presentation about… well, water. He discussed the problems people around the world face with a lack of clean water and how this organization helps to raise awareness regarding this devastating fact and money to help the cause.
Once Nathan was done with his presentation and took a quick drink from some of the jugs that we lugged around with us, we were back on the route! The next stop was at Dunbar Community Gardens, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Mitchell Street. The garden is directly behind the apartments at 205 Mitchell, adjacent to Dunbar Park.
We were greeted with a table covered with cups full of pink lemonade and other yummy goodies. The kiddos and grownups alike enjoyed the sweets and treats under the awning by the gardening shed while listening to the amazing people who tend to and run the gardens for us at the Food Bank talk about the gardens and their plans for the future, including creating a fruit orchard!!!! I love orchards.
After everyone was done drinking lemonade and eating goodies, we headed back on the road, back to where we started at the Dunbar Park. The walk was SO much fun, and it was really cool to learn about Water Aid and what the community gardens do for the Food Bank.
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the CROP Hunger Walk this past weekend. A big thank you to Jimmy John’s for fueling walkers with their donated sandwiches and to all the following organizations that spent their Sunday afternoon working to help others:
San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Jackson Chapel, First Presbyterian, Jackson Chapel, San Marcos High School, First Christian Church, Diamond Sweethearts, PRSSA, Organization of Student Social Workers, TXST Social Work Honors Class, Master Gardeners, Sustainable San Marcos, Water Aid and the Dunbar Community Gardens.
It is not too late to donate to either the HCFB team or any of the other teams involved. Donations are accepted through the end of March. With your help, we have raised over $7,000 so far! To make a donation, click here! http://goo.gl/We7PD