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Posted: 10/16/13

Above, Alicia and Auston Alexander of Almont enter the home stretch of the one mile walk with their daughter, Audrey, 2. Below, Barbara Schemanske of Washington sells raffle tickets to participants. Prizes included two quilts and a gift basket full of goodies from Romeo area merchants.

(Observer photos by Stacy Sobotka)

150 Walkers show up to
support Samaritan House

Observer Special Writer
      A little bit of rain didn't stop walkers of the third annual Harvest Time Walk on Sunday.
       The Harvest Time Walk is a fundraiser for Samaritan House, which provides assistance to low-income individuals and families in northern Macomb County. The walk took place at St. John Lutheran Church on Benjamin Street.
       Approximately 150 walkers participated by strolling through the rain soaked neighborhood. The Samaritan House hopes to reach a goal of $14,500.
       "$14,500 is a little over a month's worth of food and that we give out three meals a day for 14 days for each member of a family. That's a lot of food," said Gretchen Monette, development coordinator for Samaritan House. "That speaks a lot for the good Samaritans of the community despite the unfriendly skies."
       Prior to the walk, a raffle took place, with prizes including two quilts and a gift basket full of items from local businesses. Nancy Nevers, president of the Shelby-Macomb Daybreakers Kiwanis Club, subbed for the ailing Pastor Mark Evans by giving a prayer blessing for the walkers, and they were on their way.
       Alicia Alexander of Almont walked the one mile walk with her husband and daughter and said Samaritan House was a good cause to support.
       "We've done it for the past three years, and it's really nice," she said.
       Sisters Rose Mertins and Sue Phalen of Macomb walked along the 5K portion of the walk.
       "The Samaritan House is a good cause, and I thought it would be a good way to get some exercise," said Phalen.
       As the 5K walkers were approaching the end of the walk, the sun briefly appeared through the clouds.
       "The Lord is having fun with me," said Monette with a laugh.
       No one went hungry during the event. Apple cider and donuts were donated by Verellen Orchards of Washington and hot dogs and chips were provided by the Shelby-Macomb Daybreakers Kiwanis Club.
       Barbara Kiel of Oakland Township said the Daybreakers are already planning for next year's walk.
       "If the weather's really nice next year, we'll be bringing a bigger grill to serve more people. We're a staple here," she said.
       Nor did anything go to waste. ¬†All surplus food was then donated to Samaritan House.
       The walk's main sponsor was Greenfield Collision, which has sponsored the walk in past years.
       Those who wish to donate to Samaritan House may do so online via a PayPal link at

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