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An annual fundraiser to help families keep the heat on during the cold winter months is returning to Livingston County this weekend.

The Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency’s 33rd Walk for Warmth event is set for this Saturday in Hartland Township.

Organizers say every year there are residents in local communities who struggle to pay their utility bills and can’t stay safe and comfortable in their homes. 100% of funds raised stay in Livingston County and go towards emergency services provided by OLHSA.

Walk for Warmth Committee Vice Chair Lou Anne Balan told WHMI it’s a fun event and a worthwhile cause that helps so many in the local community and they’re hoping to exceed last year’s total of $64,749. She said those funds went to assist 272 Livingston County residents - which included 113 children and seniors, 66 disabled individuals, and 73 people they were able to keep from being homeless so they’re pretty excited.

Balan noted the funds are used throughout the year for things such as utilities and housing - anything that has to do with keeping people warm. Balan added it’s all about helping neighbors, including many who you might not know are in need. Over the years of being involved with the Walk for Warmth, Balan said she’s learned that you never know what’s going on in someone’s life and many might not want to ask for help or wait until they really need it. She further encouraged anyone in need to turn to OLSHA for assistance.

This Saturday’s indoor walk will again be held at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, aka the old Hartland High School on M-59. Registration begins at 8:30am.

The non-competitive, family-friendly event features activities, music and entertainment so those attending can walk as much or as little as they want for the cause. The walk begins with a kick off show and announcements at 9am.

Entertainment will include the National Anthem by Hartland High School Choir members, a DJ, costumed characters/Hartland Junior Optimists, a dance party with the Howell Carnegie District Library, a kid’s craft area, giveaways, and various vendors.

More information about the walk and how to donate are available in the attached flyer and provided link.