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Longtime Mid Michigan CAA Walk for Warmth participant encourages others to join event in Midland

Mid Michigan Community Action Agency’s Bay/Midland Walk for Warmth features a participant that has been making a difference in lives of local individuals and families for 17 years. The walker of almost two decades, Josephine Toner, hopes her continued dedication to the event will inspire others to be a part of the Walk for Warmth.

When Toner first became involved in Mid Michigan CAA’s walk-a-thon event she found support from her fellow church members. Since that time her connections have expanded and thus her pledges have increased. In 2014, more than $2,200 in donations were made on her behalf and this year she hopes to see that number grow.

“Every penny raised goes right back into the community and because of that I look forward to being involved year after year,” said Toner. “Anyone looking to make a positive impact can do so by making a donation or fundraising and walking next Saturday.”

Due to a surge in people facing heating emergencies during the frigid temperatures this past winter, the Emergency Utility Assistance program has a critical need for additional funds in order to continue helping those in need.

“Last year 174 households across Bay and Midland counties received aid because of the money raised at the Walk for Warmth,” said Jill Sutton, executive director of Mid Michigan Community Action. “It is because of walkers like Josephine that our neighbors and friends are able to stay safe and warm.”

The Bay/Midland Walk for Warmth will take place March 21 at Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Mich. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the kickoff ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. For more information or to become involved, click here.

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