Saudia Santure, 37, holds her son, Sam, 3, both of Chelsea, on her shoulders before the walk begins. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)
Auburn Hills— The Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency hosts its 24th annual Walk for Warmth event today at Great Lakes Crossing Outlet.
The community action agency holds the event every year as a way to raise money for people facing financial crisis during the winter months.
“We really see the community, families, groups and companies from all over Oakland County, come together for the well-being of their neighbors and it is just heartwarming to see,” Ronald B. Borngesser, the CEO of OLHSA, said in a statement. “The cause and perks should draw a big crowd of supporters.”
The event begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome ceremony and a walk around the mall will be held after. Along the route, there will be activity stations with activities for children as well as health screening stations for adults.
Last year, hundreds joined the walk, raising more than $105,000. Livingston County also holds their own Walk for Warmth, which combined with the Auburn Hills event brought in $170,000 for emergency utility assistance.
The organization says the funds raised from 2013 kept 237 Oakland County homes warm.
“No one should have to choose between heating their homes or buying medicines,” said Linda Zabik, Walk for Warmth Oakland Chairperson and Public Relations/Community Involvement Manager at Genisys Credit Union, the event’s major sponsor.
This year, the Livingston County Walk for Warmth will take place Feb. 22 at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center in Howell. For more information, visit www.olhsa.org/walk4warmth.