The Walk for Warmth raises money for families in Ottawa County who have received a shut-off notice from their utility company. Those families receive assistance paying their utility bills, keeping the heat on and their kids warm.
About 300 walkers are expected this year, organizers said. The walk itself is a 2-mile marked route around downtown Zeeland that begins and ends at City on a Hill.
Registration is free and donations are welcome. Pledge forms and other information is available online at www.miottawa.org/caa (click on the “Walk for Warmth” link).
Being the 25th year of this event, organizers say they hope to raise at least $25,000.
“People believe that a mild winter means that not as many people need assistance, but there is no shortage of families who need assistance,” said Mike Stock, marketing specialist for Ottawa County Community Action Agency, which organizes the annual event. “What we’re hoping is that the money we raise will go further if the utility bills are just a little less than they would normally be.”
Many organizations are participating in the Walk For Warmth, Stock said.
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