Sandra Campbell, long-time supporter of the Clare County CROP Hunger Walk, was chosen by the committee and recruiters to be the 2012 Grand Marshall for their walk. The Clare County CROP Hunger Walk will start from St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Clare, on Sunday, September 30. Registration for the two and one-half mile walk starts at 1:30 p.m. and the walk at 2 p.m. Sandra and her husband, Fred, along with Pastor Brian Coleman and wife Marjorie, began the CROP Walk in this area in 1985. Campbell has been active for many years in the mission programs at the Clare United Methodist Church. She often said God put helping the hungry on her heart. She admitted though that her husband, Fred, now deceased, had another story. She always wanted to give to every mission cause. He told her she needed to get others to help, so she did, starting the CROP Walk.
Campbell was born in Clare, was graduated from Clare High School in 1951, and spent many of her adult years in Clare. She earned an Associate in Arts degree from Adrian College in 1953. She spent twenty years in New Hampshire during her marriage to Robert Robb as a pastor’s wife in New Hampshire. She has four children, Valerie, Paul, Andrea, and Kirk Robb, and three stepchildren, Jack Campbell, Jackie Clark, and Pam Erskin. She was employed at Central Michigan University from 1974 to 1992. During that time she completed a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Counseling. In 1992, she was employed as a case manager in the Center for Developmental Disabilities through Midland Mental Health. Campbell retired from there in 1995.
The Clare County CROP Hunger Walk will be a memorial walk for Curt Murton, an invaluable volunteer, who died this spring. CROP walks to help hungry people are under the auspices of Church World Service, an ecumenical ministry of 37 Christian denominations and communions. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and the theme of the walk is “We Walk for a Better World.” The committee set a goal of 100 walkers raising $13,000.
Prizes and drawings, and a light lunch available both before and after the walk will add to the enjoyment of the walk. The top team in fundraising will be treated later to pizza at Buccilli’s Pizza in Clare. Smaller prizes will be given to the 2nd and 3rd place teams. It is also possible to walk your dog in the CROP Walk, and Johnson’s Elevator has given a $20 gift certificate for the top dog in fundraising. There will prizes given by Burger King for children collecting the most donations.
It is not too late to form a team to be part of the CROP Walk, although one does not have to be part of a team to walk. Walkers may be part of a team for a $5 donation, and/or they may ask their friends, neighbors, and family to sponsor them in the walk. The Tammy Shea team, the fifth new team to be added this year, will join Northern Logistics, ValuLand, More Than Just Cleaning, and the Dogwalkers Team walking to help those caught in poverty. Walkers may go to www.cropwalkonline.org/claremi, which is set up to help e-mail potential sponsors. Teams should wear a sign on their shirt or cap to identify their team. Teams or individuals should contact Sandra Campbell at 989-424-6288, or Carol Stuhr at 539-7910 if they wish information about walking.