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Hundreds participate in annual Good Friday walk for the hungry

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By: Chelsea Priest

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Friday morning hundreds of people began their annual Good Friday Walk for the Hungry. The walk began from ten different locations or "stepping sights" throughout greater Providence.

"We chose Good Friday because of the whole meaning of it. We think as Christians, the sufferings of Christ, how can we in some way alleviate the sufferings of others," said Sister Mary Reilly of the Sisters of Mercy.

Reilly was one of the original founders of the walk in Rhode Island 35 years ago when she recognized the need for more funding for the hungry. The organization funds about 38 agencies nationally and 7 internationally.

From young to old the walkers all met in front of the state house for a ceremony. Children who had the day off from school could have been home playing games, but instead were proud to help the community.

"I am enjoying having the walk today, and just enjoying meeting new people and helping people with hunger," one student said.

"It feels good to know that you're actually helping people," said another.

"We really like it because I think it's a nice thing to do for others," said a third student.

Others were walked in memory of loved ones who were passionate for the cause.

"Alex did this walk since he was in the third grade, and up until he passed away he only missed one year," said Dina Veiga of her son, Alex. "He would start getting money for this in January and it was his passion."

This year there were also Good Friday hunger walks in Coventry and Newport.

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