Crohn’s & Colitis Walk, CROP Hunger Walk go virtual due to COVID-19

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A tale of two fundraising walks supported by 22News were forced to go virtual Sunday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s Crohn’s & Colitis Walk in western Massachusetts was held in person but due to the pandemic, the walk went virtual. Instead of gathering publicly on Sunday, they raised money in much smaller groups.

As in year’s past, participants heard from their emcee, 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko, only this year, it was online.

“To the teams online that return year after year, this campaign would not be possible without you and to all our new teams, welcome. We are so glad you are now part of the take steps family,” Strezmpko said during his virtual message.

The 43rd annual CROP Hunger Walk in Springfield was also held online Sunday.

Sunday, in the interests of social distancing, many smaller groups took to the streets raising money and awareness to provide enough to eat for many in need.

22News is proud of sponsoring both of these virtual events for the public good Sunday.

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