RED BANK, NJ - Stepping out to the rhythm of "Left Foot, Right Foot, Left Foot, Right 2,000 happy feet, what a sight!" It was a beautiful bright and sunny day for over 1,000 volunteers and walkers of all ages, many wearing our signature, black T-Shirts with a Big Heart & Sole on the front as they stepped out for CROP Walk #31. Walkers donated over 11,000 lbs of food for a second year including 3,000 lbs from RCDS. Students from CBA counted and sorted the food for distribution while walkers headed out to warm-ups from Personal Trainer Nicole Howard who got them ready for the task - to walk 5 miles through Little Silver, Fair Haven and Red Bank to help hungry neighbors here in Monmouth County and through partners in 80 countries the walkers helped the most vulnerable, poorest communities in the world.
The 5 mile afternoon walk began and ended at Red Bank Regional High School, the Walk Host for over 3 decades. Fun entertainment kept the crowd smiling. Shortstop the Clown leading a conga line and Sponge Bob from Chubby Penguin Parties who said "I'm ready! Are you ready to feed the hungry?" and music from John Limansky J&J Music. Red Bank Regional Key Club sponsored our 2nd PHOTO OP for CROP for groups to gather for a photo to commemorate and remember the day of community service. Brookdale Community College softball athletes along with coach Bo took up the LUG a JUG Brigade for a 2nd year walking the entire route carrying 8 lb. gallon jugs of water. Local Partners Aslan Youth Ministries and Family Promise set up a refugee tent display and a "cardboard box home" to educate about displaced people and how they survive. Walkers were treated to Delicious Orchards and Sickles Market apples and Super Foodtown ice cream after the long walk. Everything added to the overall feeling of satisfaction from sharing this special day with family, friends, and participants of all ages from all kinds of groups in the Red Bank Area communities..
Thanks to Nativity RC Church and Rumson Country Day School who provided space for counting and for computer input of donated funds. The Red Bank CROP Walk community which we like to call our CROP Family is dedicated to the idea that sharing resources changes the equation and ensures that there is Enough for All. Thanks to all our loyal, longtime sponsors, new friends sponsors and to The Two River Community Bank for joining as a new Water Stop Level Sponsor. We all work together to make a difference. Early count estimates that we are well on our way to reaching our goal of surpassing last year's $120,000. There is still time to donate. Please visit our website www.redbankcropwalk.com and be sure to click our Youtube Channel to see a special video of the 2011 walk.