We hope you will once again allow your readers to join us in what might best be called a "Celebration of Care."
That care is embodied by the residents and businesses in our three-county service area who work hard and unselfishly to see that residents who have fallen on tough times make it through our long, cold winters with a little less of a burden.
We're referring to the Feb. 23 Walks for Warmth where residents raised funds to help those who are having a difficult time paying their home heating bills. Weeks of planning and work led to the raising of approximately $60,000 in the three counties. All funds raised in each county stay in that county to help residents, and all funds raised go directly to residents.
These funds are used for folks who have exhausted all other avenues of hope. Residents seeking help call our CAA offices to set up appointments. If they qualify after going through an extensive application process, we will send some funds to their home heating service provider.
The walks could not be possible without major sponsors. They are Hits 96.3, Hotflame Gas, Island Resort and Casino, Kewadin Casinos, Radio Results Network, Wisconsin Public Service, WJMN-TV3 and WFRV-TV5. It's just plain good support from good neighbors!
We can't thank enough those people and businesses that are so generous in their support. But there's much more.
Thanks to all local media, including the Daily Press, who never left a request for coverage go unanswered. Thanks to the businesses that donated food items to warm our walkers before and after the walks. And a special thanks to the residents of Schoolcraft County, including CAA staffers and board members, who played a key role in seeing that the walk returned there after a several-year absence.
With state and federal funding cuts and an Upper Peninsula job market that is on a very slow rebound, it's gratifying to know so many are so willing to help. Please accept our humble and sincere thanks!
Bill Dubord and Cathy Pearson
Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency