February is Walk for Warmth Month.
In Michigan, that means putting on your winter coats and walking shoes. Walking for warmth is our community’s 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.
The compassionate citizens of this area always do their best to help others facing tough times. 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 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 Inc.
EightCAP runs programs that help families and individuals become self-sufficient. Many times on that journey, they need assistance with the most basic of needs. A safe, warm home is one of those very important needs.
Our ninth Annual Walk for Warmth is Saturday. It will take place at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church (908 W. Oak Street in Greenville), with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 11 a.m. A soup/chili cook off will start immediately after the walk is concluded.
There are several ways to participate. You can do the walk with us (about three miles, around beautiful Baldwin Lake) and ask for pledges from your friends and neighbors. Pledge sheets are available through our website (www.eightcap.org). If you raise $35 or more, we will give you a long sleeve T-shirt. You or a group of your friends can bring a crock pot’s worth of soup for the soup/chili cook off. This year, you can even give through our website. You can also call me at (616) 754-9315 ext. 3336, and I would be happy to get you the materials or information you need.
I would also like to say “thank you” to the many individual donors and businesses that have already committed to participating or who have provided a sponsorship. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
Daniel Petersen is president of EightCAP Inc.
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