Walk for Warmth slated for Saturday

Funds raised during FiveCAP's annual Walk for Warmth stay in Manistee County. (News Advocate file photo)

Funds raised during FiveCAP’s annual Walk for Warmth stay in Manistee County. (News Advocate file photo)

MANISTEE — In the midst of cold winter temperatures, low-income families and seniors struggle with the higher cost of utilities. The fear and reality of facing having your heat shut off in the dead of winter can be devastating and a tragedy for some.

To help ensure that funding is always available to keep the heat on for these local residents, FiveCAP, Inc. hosts the annual Walk for Warmth fundraiser. The agency is seeking people willing to walk for awareness and raise funds through pledges.

Funds raised during Walk for Warmth stay in the county. These funds allow FiveCAP to help families and senior residents in need who are barely over the threshold to meet qualifications for state or federal assistance, or to help low-income residents when state and federal funds are exhausted or delayed.

“There’s no set dollar amount to participate,” said FiveCAP executive director Mary Trucks. “All donations of any amount are appreciated and will be used for a good purpose.”

Community groups and individuals are encouraged to participate in the walk, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday beginning at the Manistee FiveCAP Office, located at 265 First St. in Manistee. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and lunch will follow the walk.

Organizers advise participants to get their friends, families, co-workers, community and church groups involved with the event.

Pledge sheets are available at www.fivecap.org or the local FiveCAP office. For more information on the event, call (231) 723-8327.

 

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