Walk for Warmth set for Feb. 25

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Even with a relatively mild winter to date, families throughout Osceola County are struggling to heat their homes.

As a result of the still stumbling economy in Michigan, many more residents are facing heating expense difficulties for the first time making Mid Michigan Community Action’s Walk for Warmth fundraiser more important than ever.

For 21 years, Mid Michigan Community Action has been hosting Walk for Warmth for one simple reason — to make sure families in service communities do not go through the winter without heat.

Even those who manage to cover their heating costs on a weekly basis may encounter a household emergency. Household emergencies could mean that utility bills go unpaid.

This year, MMCAA planners expect the need for help this year to be higher than ever as unemployment remains high, and costs continue to rise. Additionally, due to budget cuts, the agency lost $950,000 in funding to provide heating and energy related assistance.

This year, broad support is more important than ever.

MMCAA would like to increase community participation and funds raised this year. People of all ages, including youth groups, college students, and churches are encouraged to participate, as the money raised will make a significant impact in the community.

On Feb. 25, volunteers will gather for the 21st annual Walk for Warmth.

Walk for Warmth fund raisers in Osceola County will meet at Reed City High School beginning at 9 a.m.

Pledge sheets for walkers area already available online at www.mmcaa.org or at the Chamber office at The Depot in Reed City.

Organizers hope to raise $100,000 for distribution in local communities

All money raised in Osceola County stays in Osceola County.

If you would like to donate to support Walk for Warmth, but are unable to participate in the event, that’s OK too. Those hoping to make a donation can do so securely online or you can mail a check made out to MMCAA, PO Box 768, Farwell, MI 48622.

Be sure to indicate if you want to support Osceola or all counties.

More information can be obtained in Osceola County by contacting the Reed City Chamber office at (321) 832-5431 or by visiting the website at www.mmcaa.org.