CARING FOR OUR NEIGHBORS
During the month of September, communities in the United States and the Caribbean experienced devastating hurricanes. First, there was Harvey, then Irma, and now Maria, which left not only some of our largest cities like Houston and states like Florida with enormous destruction, but also Puerto Rico, which still is without power even in many hospitals.
We have the opportunity through CROP Walk to raise funds for those who are unable to taste autumn as we do here in New Jersey. More than 2,000 communities will participate in this annual walk to raise funds for Church World Service, which provides disaster assistance in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Rather than our apples and squash, people in Mexico still taste the cloud of dust caused by cleaning up the rubble from two earthquakes, and in Puerto Rico there is the stench of mud-covered buildings and lack of clean potable water. Our neighbors in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean are struggling to heal and recover. The funds raised through CROP Walk will help them as well as the people in need here in New Jersey. When you are asked to share your resources, please be generous, for the ones who need our help now cared for us when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012.