Contributions are still being sent as concerned friends and neighbors want to help families in Ottawa County keep the heat on after they've received a shut-off notice from their utility company.
Feb. 9 was sunny and single digits. More than 200 walkers came to brave the temperatures, and brought with them their efforts of their generosity. Through walking teams, single-walker sponsorships and family contributions, the event raised $8249, which is about $2,000 more than the Saturday event has raised in its history.
Because of your financial contribution or the steps you took or the connections you made, Community Action Agency will now be able to help hundreds more people than we would have before the Walk for Warmth. You have been instrumental in this event's success.
Walkers came from Fennville, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Allendale, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Holland, Hudsonville and Zeeland. Contributions have come from such far-flung places as Cassopolis and Williamston, as well as from most of the communities in and around Ottawa County. A number of schools were represented among the walkers.
There were several corporate teams walking together including Consumers Energy, HIL-Automation and Sherwin Williams. The Sherwin Williams team raised more than $1,000, as did the Zeeland High School Robotics team.
The campaign stands at $22,000, for which we and our clients are most grateful. Contributions are still arriving as the campaign and the Saturday event are still fresh on the minds of those who want to help.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the assistance of people like you. Thank you for your time, support and continued efforts.
— Mike Stock, Ottawa County Community Action Agency