OSAGE | On Sunday, Oct. 15, a group of seventy walkers, representing 14 churches from Mitchell and surrounding counties, took to the streets of Osage to raise funds for the annual Mitchell County CROP Walk, which to date, has raised $5,891 in contributions.
A total of $1,475, which is twenty five percent of the collected donations, goes to local food banks in Osage, Charles City and Rockford.
Jackie Reams and Dean Pohren co-chaired this year’s event. Organizers said they knew this year’s goal was going to be a challenge, due to the recent natural disasters and attack in Las Vegas. “We know Mitchell County residents have supported many, if not all requests, for financial support,” Pohren said.
This year, Street Chiropractic, and Weber’s NAPA Auto Store served as water stations for the three-mile walk that started and ended at the First United Methodist Church in Osage. Several churches also provided refreshments for the event. Kim Lewis and Geri Thompson, at Home Trust Bank, assisted with the counting the donations. The Osage Police Department provided traffic control.
“The remaining 75 percent of the money is sent to Church World Services, which sponsors various projects, such as digging wells in third world countries,” Pohren said. “The money is also used to help purchase chickens, develop crops for human use and livestock use, so they can have a little meat.
“One of the main things I have seen Church World Service use money for is clean water,” he said. “Women have to walk several miles to get water from a river. They used to use clay pots that weighed 40 pounds, but now they are provided with plastic containers, which only weigh a couple of pounds and they can carry the same amount of water. The plastic containers also have filters in them to take out the impurities from the river. They also help drill shallow wells.”
Pohren stated more funds would likely arrive in coming weeks. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we get more donations,” he said. “Last year, we received $900 after the initial tally.”
Members of the community can still donate funds toward the CROP Walk at Home Trust and Savings Bank.