It has been a brutal winter in Delta County this year, and there's still plenty left. Keeping up with snow removal has been a challenge for residents, as well as the city and county workers whose job it is to keep our roads plowed.
Sub-zero temperatures seem to be constant, and we haven't had any relief in quite some time. As the temperature drops, heating bills rise. This lingering cold snap is particular hard on our friends and neighbors in need who are having a hard time paying higher than normal heating bills.
There are two important events coming up that are great opportunities to help our neighbors in need.
The Community Action Agency helps local residents with heating assistance. Two fundraisers that help finance that cause in Delta County are the Big Brat Sale and Walk for Warmth. Similar events are being planned in Menominee and Schoolcraft counties
Escanaba's Big Brat Sale is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13, starting at 11 a.m. in front of Ludington Post Suites, 524 Ludington St. Menominee's Brats for Breakfast fundraiser will take place 6 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in front of the Senior Citizens Center, 905 10th St.
Cost is $2 each. Large orders called in (Menominee, 863-3256, Escanaba, 786-7080) at least a day ahead of time will be ready for pick up the day of the sale.
Organizers said that in addition to raising funds, the brat sales raise awareness for the upcoming Walk for Warmth events in the three counties
All Walks for Warmth are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22. In Escanaba, Walk for Warmth will begin at 10 a.m. EDT at the Elks Lodge and proceed down Ludington Street to 14th Street and end with a return trip to the Elks. In Menominee, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. CDT at the Senior Center and proceed down 10th Avenue to Spies Public Library and end with a return trip to the Senior Center. The Schoolcraft event will launch at 9 a.m. EDT at the Manistique Senior Center, 101 Main St.
More information and pledge sheets are available at the CAA offices in each city or on the CAA Web site, www.mdscaa.org.
The need is definitely there - just ask the CAA.
So far this year the agency has distributed approximately $45,000 in Walk for Warmth funds in the three counties. All monies are distributed in the counties they are raised. That's on top of the almost $200,000 in Michigan Energy Assistance Program Deliverable Fuel funds already distributed by the agency to help residents this winter.
Through Feb. 3 the agency has met with occupants of 359 households in the three counties.
Residents who have called Delta County home for awhile may recall years past when the need was not this great. In fact, one year, the annual Walk for Warmth was not held. Organizers decided not to hold the event that year because the need was not great and the need of residents were being met.
Unfortunately, the winter of 2013-14 is not one of those years. The Big Brat Sale and Walk for Warmth need support this year more than ever. Support them if you can. A warm act of kindness is one sure way to break the chill of winter.