Walk for Warmth heats hearts and homes Posted: March 04, 2016 Updated: March 10, 2016

OLHSA hosted its 26th annual Walk for Warmth events on February 6th at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets and February 20th at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center. The events, sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, saw 1,200 participants in the form of walkers, sponsors and volunteers. Funds raised support emergency utility assistance, helping to keep Oakland and Livingston families safe and warm in their homes this winter. 

To date this year, cash and pledges have totaled $78,800 from the Oakland Walk for Warmth and $93,200 from the Livingston County Walk for Warmth. In total, OLHSA aims to raise a combined $180,000 between Oakland and Livingston Counties. 

At both events, participants of all ages enjoyed exercising indoors, giveaways, children's activities, a free t-shirt and interacting with Otis, the OLHSA Walk for Warmth mascot. In Oakland County Sheriff Bouchard kicked things off and walkers received shopping coupons, blood pressure screenings and massages. In Livingston County Wines for Humanity was honored as Team of the Year, receiving tributes from state legislators and Congressman Mike Bishop. 

Even though the winter has been mild, there are still people facing heating emergencies. It is not too late to help OLHSA reach its goal of raising $180,000 for emergency utility assistance. Donate to Walk for Warmth now by visiting www.olhsa.org/walk4warmth for more information.