Walking for warmth
Locals raise more than $3,000 for those in need
BALDWIN -- Area residents bundled up and headed to St. Ann's Senior Center Saturday morning, in preparation of Walk for Warmth.
The annual event, which is hosted by FiveCAP, Inc., took participants on a 2-mile walk through Baldwin, while also raising money for individuals in the community.
Tessa White, a community support worker for the organization, said participating walkers spend several weeks before the event finding sponsors and collecting donations.
"We're collecting donations, which goes to a Walk for Warmth fund for people who need help with electric or utility bills or their moving and have extra expenses," she said.
With more than 30 walkers taking part in this year's event, participants raised more than $3,000 by Saturday. However, they will continue to collect donations throughout the week.
"Everyone has done amazing," White said.
While taking place in Lake County for more than 11 years, White said individuals in Mason, Newaygo and Manistee counties also walk during the annual event and have the chance to raise money for those in need.
"You're supporting your community," she said. "You know there's people that need help out there, and you get a good feeling from it. It feels good to help the people around you."