Annual walk event to keep heat on for families

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

Helping more families to keep their homes heated is the goal of the 14th annual Walk for Warmth from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 27 at Southland Center in Taylor.

The event is sponsored by the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s Emergency Utility Assistance Program. Agency officials say thousands of area families outside Detroit frequently are forced to choose between heating their home and buying food. Last year Wayne Metro helped over 1,000 people with utility assistance payments, and officials say the need for heating bill help exceeds the agency’s current budget.

Additionally, they say, 100 percent of the funds raised by the Walk for Warmth will go to help families in need.

Information and pledge sheets are available online at www.waynemetro.org or by calling (734) 246-2280, ext. 123.

Awards will be given to the youth and adult teams with the greatest dollar amount of pledges, the most walkers on their team, the best team name and unrivaled team spirit.

The first 300 people to pledge $15 or more will receive a 2010 walk T-shirt. The event also will feature a disc jockey, entertainment, face painting and door prizes for walkers and volunteers.

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