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THE WALK

High unemployment has forced a large number of West Virginian’s to ask for help in feeding their families.  Loss of jobs has also reduced the contributions to the non-profit food banks.  The local food pantries are dependent on the food banks and are operating on near emergency levels in some communities.
To meet the normal operating levels, we need to raise $10,000.00 in each of West Virginia’s 55 counties.  Tom Knopp of Kenova, West Virginia, director of the Kenova Good Samaritan Center, plans to walk 25 miles in each WV county, starting from the county courthouse, to encourage citizens to participate in fund raising events during the week.  

I’ve seen so many people in our state who can’t afford to feed their families. We urgently need your help to prevent the children from going hungry.”
-Tom Knopp, Director of Good Samaritan Center
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WALKING OUT HUNGER

April 22 to June 24, 2013

 

Walking Out Hunger In West Virginia

Text Box: WALK LOCATIONS AND DATES


PLEASE HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOAL 
BY VOLUNTEERING  IN YOUR COUNTY


Text Box: Tom Knopp’s Story
Text Box: ABOUT ME AND MY DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS
My name is Tom Knopp. I am passionately committed to helping those in need. In my youth,  a small church outreach program and food pantry in my community provided food and other needs for my family. Their generosity made a lasting effect on me. Later I began attending church with my grandmother,  where I learned the importance of serving the Lord. It has been my desire to continue to serve Him in the years since.
MY MIRACLE
Fast forward to 1990. I was diagnosed with terminal Lymphoma and 3 months later was placed in the care of Hospice of Huntington. My future looked very bleak. But God had other plans. Late one evening I prayed “No matter how much time I have left, I want to live in a way that glorifies You”. I believe  as a result of that prayer, God began healing me. Soon I was told that I was cancer-free and remain so today.
GOD SETS MY COURSE FOR SERVING
After being asked by the C-K Ministerial Association,  I accepted a position as the director of the Good Samaritan Center.  At the time it was a 400 square foot room in the basement of a local church. At one point, when the shelves became bare and the funds low,  I publically announced I would live homeless on the streets of our community until funds were raised to meet the operating cost of the pantry once again.  17 days later over $14,000 in donations were raised.
As unemployment rates skyrocketed,   so did the needs for  many others to ask for help. The space available at the local church was no longer adequate to store the food needed and a larger building became available for purchase.  I pledged to walk a mile for every $100 donation in order to obtain this building.  I walked over 900 miles in less than 4 months allowing us to purchase the building. Today the Good Samaritan Center is located at 1523 Chestnut Center, Kenova, WV 25530. For more information on the Center you can reach me at 304-453-6848.
Today the need of the hungry is even greater and reaches across the entire state. I am 68 years old and have one final project I wish to accomplish. It is “Walking Out Hunger”.  This event is scheduled from April 22, 2013 to June 24, 2013. I will walk 6 days a week for a total of 67 days to complete this venture.  I wish to raise awareness and money in every one of West Virginia’s 55 counties. My goal is that through this walk each county’s residents will donate at least $10,000 per county . My daily routine will be  to start from the county court house steps at 8:30am and walk in that county until 3:00pm. Then I will be taken to the next county where a speaking engagement will be planned. Each county has a 
coordinator who will have planned fund raising events during this walk.
YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED
There are just two food banks that serve our 55 counties. They are able to purchase quality food at the lowest possible prices. This food is then sent to support the local food pantries (like the Good Samaritan Center). All money raised during the 
Hunger Walk should be sent to one of these two food banks or a local food pantry. That way ALL 55 counties will benefit!
I have big dreams for this event, but with God all things are possible. Thank you in advance for your generous donation and please keep me in your prayers as my journey begins!
Tom Knopp

All Funds Raised Will

Go To Fight Hunger In West Virginia:

 

HUNTINGTON AREA

FOOD BANK

Serving The Following Counties: Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Putman, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo,

1327 7th Avenue

Huntington, WV  25701

304-523-6029

www.hafb.org

 

or

 

MOUNTAINEER AREA

FOOD BANK

Serves all WV counties not covered by the Huntington

Area Food Bank

483 Enterprise Drive

Gassaway, WV  26624

304-364-5518

www.mountaineerfoodbank.org

 

Please write your check payable to the Food Bank that serves your county or a local food pantry. Please note on the check “Hunger Walk” and the county you live in so that we can monitor the success of Tom’s campaign in each county.

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For Additional Information on how you can help Tom reach his goal or for questions or comments contact:

 

Jim McClure

304-453-1770

jngmclur@netacs.net

 

Or

 

Barb Melvin

304-751-7921

bnbmelvin@yahoo.com

3063

John and Jane Doe

135 Park Circle

Anytown, WV 25530

DATE: April 23,2013

 

PAY: Mountaineer Food Bank (or) Huntington Area Food Bank (or) local food pantry


          Two Hundred Dollars and 00/100                    DOLLARS

 

Memo: Hunger Walk / Wayne County

$200.00

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Follow Tom’s Journey County by County

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DATE

COUNTY

COUNTY SEAT

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cabell

Huntington

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mason

Pt Pleasant

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jackson

Ripley

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wood

Parkersburg

Friday, April 26, 2013

Pleasants

St. Mary's

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tyler

Middlebourne

Monday, April 29, 2013

Wetzel

New Martinsville

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marshall

Moundsville

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Ohio

Wheeling

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Brooke

Wellsburg

Friday, May 03, 2013

Hancock

New Cumberland

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Marion

Fairmont

Monday, May 06, 2013

Monogalia

Morgantown

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Preston

Kingwood

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Taylor

Grafton

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Harrison

Clarksburg

Friday, May 10, 2013

Doddridge

West Union

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ritchie

Harrisville

Monday, May 13, 2013

Wirt

Elizabeth

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Calhoun

Grantsville

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gilmer

Glenville

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lewis

Weston

Friday, May 17, 2013

Upshur

Buckhannon

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Barbour

Philippi

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tucker

Parsons

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mineral

Keyser

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hampshire

Romney

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Morgan

Berkeley Springs

Friday, May 24, 2013

Berkeley

Martinsburg

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jefferson

Charles Town

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hardy

Moorefield

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grant

Petersburg

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Pendleton

Franklin

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Randolph

Elkins

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pocahontas

Marlinton

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Webster

Webster Springs

Monday, June 03, 2013

Braxton

Sutton

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Nicholas

Summersville

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Clay

Clay

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Roane

Spencer

Friday, June 07, 2013

Kanawha

Charleston

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Putman

Winfield

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lincoln

Hamlin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Boone

Madison

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fayette

Fayetteville

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Greenbrier

Lewisburg

Friday, June 14, 2013

Monroe

Union

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summers

Hinton

Monday, June 17, 2013

Raleigh

Beckley

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mercer

Princeton

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

McDowell

Welch

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wyoming

Pineville

Friday, June 21, 2013

Logan

Logan

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mingo

Williamson

Monday, June 24, 2013

Wayne

Wayne