CROP Walk Mourns the Loss of Gil Wilson

Gil WilsonIt is with deep sadness that the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk announces the passing of one of our own, Gil Wilson.  Gil was a retired minister who had lived many places including Metairie, Louisiana, and Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  Gil had a passion for St. Augustine, Florida, that he documented in meticulous detail on his website,  He also believed in Facebook, and the first pictured posted on the CROP Facebook page immediately after the walk were Gil’s.   He was a devoted husband to Leslie and so proud of her children and grandchildren that became his, too. That is about all I know about Gil except what I learned from Gil.  His intense commitment to the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk was unmatched by many people.  Gil’s dedication to helping his global and local neighbors in need through the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk inspired all of us on the committee.  Gil went to a different church every Sunday to talk about the CROP Walk.  Sometimes he might wangle an invitation to speak for several minutes from the pulpit; others he would stand at the door as people entered and left, passing out information.  He wore a big CROP ID badge he made himself.  And he brought in churches that had not ever walked before or at least not for several years.  Gil liked the local agencies supported by the CROP Walk—Crisis Assistance Ministry, Loaves & Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina—but he was also a big believer in the Church World Service blanket program.

Gil is still supporting us.  We are honored that the family is asking that memorials for Gil come to the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.  Just click here to visit Gil’s Walker Page.   He walked for us this year, and his page is still open.

Gil will continue to inspire me as I remember his get-out-there- and-get-it-done attitude; his compassion for his fellow man and his slow, warm smile. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.

You Helped with That

This is the time of year when many of us take for granted the fact that we have enough food to eat and a warm, dry place to sleep at night.  As the holidays draw closer there will be “feel good” stories on the television news and in the newspapers every day. When you see people picking up food at a Loaves & Fishes food pantry, YOU HELPED WITH THAT.   When you see Second Harvest Food Bank distributing backpacks of food to hungry children, YOU HELPED WITH THAT.  And when you see someone leaving Crisis Assistance Ministry with a warm blanket and a winter coat, YOU HELPED WITH THAT.  Across the globe, as we see waves of Syrian refugees fleeing their homes with only the clothes on their back, YOU ARE HELPING THEM, TOO.  All of this, because you joined us for the 37th annual Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.

Thank You!

We are busily processing the deposits and online donations.  Thank you so much if you are a recruiter or walker and have already deposited all of your funds.  If you are still collecting, please try to get all of your money in by Friday, November 20th.  Everyone will enjoy the holidays a little bit more if all of the paperwork is done, and you have checked if off your list before you start your holiday shopping.  If you need any assistance from the office, call me.  I am in the office for at least 5 hours every day, and I can be here whenever it is convenient for you to stop by.


Pictures of the 37th Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk

Check out the photo albums!  Over 300 images of some of Charlotte’s finest people!  Thank you, again, for being a part of the 37th Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk.  We made some great memories!