2018-01-18 / Front Page

Walk for Warmth returns to area

Annual fundraiser assists residents with heating costs

MANISTIQUE – Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft county residents having trouble paying their home-heating bills will get a big boost during the Community Action Agency Walk for Warmth. The walks are scheduled to take place in all three counties Feb. 24.

The fundraising campaign helps fill the void for many residents who need help, but fall short of qualifying for state heating programs.

Every dollar raised is used in the county where it’s raised, said Cathy Pearson, CAA executive assistant. Last year’s walks raised $61,640.

All residents, including individuals, businesses, youth groups, and service clubs, are once again encouraged to participate.

The Schoolcraft County event will begin at 9 a.m., leaving from the Manistique Senior Center.

“The walks are mainly symbolic to drive home the point that some of our residents are forced to live in extremely cold conditions,” Pearson said.

More information and pledge sheets are available at the CAA offices in each city or on the CAA website, www.mdscaa.org.

Residents who need more information should call 341-2452

The Manistique walk is cosponsored by Kewadin Casinos, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Radio Results Network, and WJMN-Local TV3.

We’ve never doubted that we serve good, caring communities, and year after year this event helps prove it,” said Pearson. “Many people are unbearably cold in their homes, and these walks … make a difference.”

The effort has received widespread community support over the years. Local schools have participated in the past by hosting a “Crazy Hat Day” or “Pajama Day” – asking for a $1 donation from students participating in the special days.

“We’d also like to challenge our younger folks to join us on walk day,” Pearson said.

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