GUEST VIEW: Walk for Warmth coming this weekend

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:02 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

John Van Nieuwenhuyzen

February is the month for EightCAP Inc.’s annual Walk for Warmth.

In Michigan, that means putting on your walking shoes. Walking for warmth is our local community way of saying to those who are less fortunate, “We know that it is very important for you to be warm.” It’s one of the basic needs — shelter, food, clothing, health care — all of those things need to be in place before a person can become a productive citizen.

It has always been the local community citizens who have stepped up to the plate. They gather extra money, they take a little money out of their funds — out of their checking accounts, out of their savings, out of their cookie jars — and they put it all together to help those who are less fortunate. Sometimes they do this through their church; sometimes they do this through the Salvation Army, Red Cross, or United Way; and sometimes they do it through a Community Action group like EightCAP.

EightCAP helps those who are less fortunate with basic needs. Warmth is one of those very important needs. On Saturday, a large group of interested community citizens will gather at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church (located at 908 W. Oak Street in Greenville) at approximately 10:30 am to participate in a walk around Baldwin Lake and to present their donations and the money they have gathered from their friends, relatives, and other concerned citizens to help with the effort to keep our local people warm. I know that most of our furnaces have been running and the chimneys smoking, and it is quite important that this is available for everyone. Bring your dog, bring your significant other, bring your wife and children, bring your husband—enjoy the morning with us as we take our walk and sample some delicious soups and chili’s that have been gathered for our cook-off immediately afterward. For a minimum $35 pledge, you can receive a free long-sleeved T-shirt.

EightCAP is very pleased to offer its appreciation and thanks to the community of Greenville and Montcalm County for this year’s Walk for Warmth effort. I hope to see you there.

 John Van Nieuwenhuyzen is president of EightCAP Inc.


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