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  • A Fund to Feed the Hungry
    A Fund to Feed the Hungry
    Dr. Roy Smith reads Greek and Hebrew; is a seminary graduate and former PhD in Religion student.
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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".
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  • World Travelers...Global Citizens...Church World Service Benefactors
    World Travelers...Global Citizens...Church World Service Benefactors
    Clyde and Betsy Work have been around the world three times, and have visited six continents and 57 countries.
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  • Dr. Reed uses a Gift Annuity to Create an Endowment
    Dr. Reed uses a Gift Annuity to Create an Endowment
    Sitting on her porch, her faithful companion Bonzo by her side, Dr. Lola Reed reflects, "God has been good to me. I have been blessed all my life."
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  • Daughter Honors Parents by Establishing an Endowment
    Daughter Honors Parents by Establishing an Endowment
    Through a charitable gift annuity, Vivian Nolte, 86 years young, honors her parents by establishing a family endowment.
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  • A Gift of Real Estate
    A Gift of Real Estate
    While they have been outstanding supporters during their lifetimes, Austin and Mary Jo Coe have found a way to make their largest gifts to Church World Service beyond their lifetimes.
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  • Planting Seeds of Hope
    Planting Seeds of Hope
    "We all should share our blessings... I believe that it is better to give than to receive," declares Corry Minthorn, now of Poultney, Vermont.
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  • IRA Transfer Gift will establish an Endowment
    IRA Transfer Gift will establish an Endowment
    A retired physicist, Charles Hebel, has a zest for life that is infectious. When asked about his choice to support Church World Service over the years, he responded, "It was a natural!"
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  • Remembering Alice Lockmiller
    Remembering Alice Lockmiller
    Church World Service lost a dear friend when Alice Lockmiller passed away. I met Alice for the first time in September of 2006. During that one visit it was obvious that she was a very generous person.
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  • Foundations of Hope
    Foundations of Hope
    Ralph McLeran, president of the Rose C. Stone Foundation, visited schools and other CWS projects during a recent visit to Vietnam. Like his aunt, Rose C. Stone, he "beats the drum" for programs assisting children.
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  • Dr. George Wahab
    Dr. George Wahab
    In October of 2007, Church World Service received a phone call from Dr. George Wahab. He asked for the information necessary to make a gift from his IRA.
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  • CROP Walk Coordinator Creates a Legacy
    CROP Walk Coordinator Creates a Legacy
    It was a big sky in Northwest Kenya and a hot day as we walked along a dusty trail to visit a new water project.
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  • Honoring Generous Parents
    Honoring Generous Parents
    The man they called "Chig" because of his size became known for his big heart. When he almost died at birth, the doctor delivering Charles W. Varner said he was "no bigger than a chigger".
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  • John and Elrose Pearson: A Passion for Giving
    John and Elrose Pearson: A Passion for Giving
    Approaching his 94th birthday, John Pearson is a champion giver. Not only have John and his wife Elrose (deceased in 2001), been annual contributors to Church World Service's ecumenical humanitarian aid programs.
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