The annual Walk for Hunger to benefit Yadkin Christian Ministries is slated for Oct. 7 at the Yadkinville Community Park. Registration for the walk is at 2:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 3 p.m. Parking will be available in the Farmers Market lot.
The walk will include a musical performance by The Boys from Enon Baptist Church.
The walk is sponsored each year by Deep Creek Friends Church and the town of Yadkinville in memory of Susan Steelman. Steelman was a dedicated volunteer for Yadkin Christian Ministries as well as other church and community organizations.
Steelman retired after 40 years of teaching. When interviewed about her life, she said, “I retired when I was 65, and immediately I thought I have got to do something because I can’t just sit here.”
She stayed very active at Yadkin Christian Ministries as the food coordinator and was lovingly known by her family as the Energizer Bunny. Her daughter, Janet Robbins, continues the tradition of volunteering with Yadkin Christian Ministries.
Robbins said the need to support the organization is especially great this year.
“Currently funds are so low that emergency assistance cannot be provided and some of the food choices are limited too,” Robbins said. “All proceeds for the walk go to Yadkin Christian Ministries. This allows them to purchase food for 19 cents per pound at the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as provide limited assistance with utilities, and medicine. Sometimes the elderly clients have to make a choice between being able to pay for medicine or food. Yadkin Christian Ministries is a lifeline for them.”
Peggy Lyon of Yadkin Christian Ministries added her thoughts as well on the importance of the walk and supporting the ministry that helps those in need.
“The ministry has many needs as the winter months are approaching,” Lyon said. “Our shelves in the Yadkinville office are extremely low. We need any type of canned nonperishable items at this time. The need has not decreased but increased.”
Lyon recalled Steelman and her passion for helping others.
“She was such an inspiration to a lot of people and to me as well. I never had the pleasure of being in one of her classrooms but she taught me how to have a compassionate heart for the greater needs in the community.”
Steelman’s legacy continues to live on through her daughter as well as the walk that supports Yadkin Christian Ministries.
“She loved life and lived it to the fullest,” Robbins said of her mother. Steelman passed away in 2012 after a brave fight with breast cancer.
In a speech she gave to the Woman’s Club in Elkin on Feb. 23, 1998, Steelman said, “It takes preparation to be able to enjoy this last lap. Life is not a series of sharply divided segments. It is a continuous journey. Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubts, as young as your self confidence, and as old as your despair.”
Robbins said her mother’s “faith and spirit live on and still inspire many to give back to their community.”
For more information on Yadkin Christian Ministries, visit www.y-c-m.org or call 336-677-3080.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.