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Russell Churches Care raises money for local food bank
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RUSSELL — The Russell Association of Churches has a new moniker, Russell Churches Care.  Ministerial Alliance president, the Rev. Roger Dennis, of St. John Lutheran Church revealed the new theme in coordination with the initial event to be held Sunday, Oct. 28, at Russell High School’s Shaffer Field.
Beginning at 2 p.m., representatives of area churches will be walking the track to raise funds for the Russell Food Bank.  Participating congregations are presently collecting pledges and cash support for the Russell Churches Care event.  People do not need to be a church member to participate in the event or to donate.
In previous years, the event has been held the first weekend in October and been known as the CROP Walk. This year, all net proceeds will benefit the local food bank.  “CROP required the funds be sent to them and they returned one-third to the Ministerial Association.  We, in turn, donated the funds to the food bank,” Pastor Dennis explained. “This year we will be helping people locally.”
The Russell Food Bank provided food to 115 adults and 63 children in the month of August.  The Rev. Earl Haggard, Otterbein Methodist, indicates the monthly demand “has continually risen the past two years.”
If people desire to participate, volunteer, or donate, they may contact St. John Lutheran, 785-483-5358.