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Walk Founder Gives in Many Ways

Walk Founder Gives in Many Ways
Fallbrook, CA, a northern suburb of San Diego, boasts of being "the avocado capital of the world". Fallbrook can also boast of hosting one of the biggest CROP Hunger Walks in the State. In the mid 2000's the Walk consistently ranked at the top and in 2006 raised $76,000 to fight hunger in Fallbrook and around the world. That is quite an achievement for a town of around 29,000 people.

Fallbrook's outstanding support of the CROP Hunger Walk can partly be attributed to its founder, Paul McCracken. While a resident of Pasadena and during his years as a fireman, Paul visited many churches showing films promoting the Walk. As co-chair of the Pasadena Walk in 1986, he resolved to make Walk participation a priority wherever he retired. So Paul's retirement planning led to the creation of the first Fallbrook CROP Hunger Walk in 1988.

Limited in recent years to manning a water table or sponsoring other walkers, Paul has found many ways of supporting Church World Service's anti-hunger programs. As Ambassador of Hope annual donors ($1000 plus per year), Paul, and wife Cay, have also completed a plan, which will contribute to CWS beyond their lifetimes.

To be created with the remaining principal of their two-life Charitable Gift Annuity, The McCracken General Endowment Fund will provide annual distributions to Church World Service for humanitarian aid. In talking about their Gift Annuity, Cay McCracken says, "It's paying a lot better interest than the banks are these days and when we die, that money will go to Church World Service for their programs". Now happily settled into their home in an Orange County retirement community, the McCrackens continue their support of Church World Service. And to motivate others, they recently pledged a significant gift as sponsors of all CROP Hunger Walk participants from the United Methodist Church of Fallbrook.

Paul and Cay, thanks for your generous support over the years and for how you still work to motivate others to take part in CROP Hunger Walks.


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