Community members are being encouraged to beat cabin fever while raising funds to heat homes during an upcoming indoor walk-a-thon.

The Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency’s Annual Walk for Warmth event is set for this Saturday, February 24th at the Hartland Educational Service Support Center. About 250 families received utility assistance as a result of last year’s event. Fundraising chairperson Brent Earl says there is definitely a need in the area, though it may not be widely known as Livingston County appears to be an affluent community. Earl says just $500 can help three families in need.

At the event, participants walk laps around the inside of the building. Entertainment and perks like refreshments and t-shirts will be included. Earl says this year’s fundraising goal is to beat what was raised last year, which was about $92,000. Livingston and Oakland County hold separate Walk for Warmth events and the money raised at each will stay in the respective counties.

Individuals and teams can sign up online. Registration the day of begins at 8:30am and the walk kicks off at 9. More information can be found at the link below. (DK)