Walk for Warmth draws attention to cold on a sunny day

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The 11th Annual Walk for Warmth took off from Main Street Square Saturday afternoon. It was put on by many organizations, including the Salvation Army and Black Hills Energy.

11th Annual Walk for WarmthLocal mascots led the charge, with walkers right on their heels, as the group wove through town. South Dakota Mines football players made sure the intersections were crossed safely.

The goal of the walk was to raise awareness and money for those who may stumble on hard times and struggle to keep the heat on.

“It really has two significant purposes,” says Maj. Jerry O’Neil, Salvation Army Black Hills Area Coordinator. “Number one is to generate some revenue to be able to help people with their utility bills, for not even just in the cold months but in the summer months as well, when the high heat comes as well. And the other thing is just to raise awareness of what it’s like to struggle with cold. Normally, it’s pretty cold this time of year, but today it was very very warm.”

Black Hills Energy matches up to $10,000 raised at the event, and representatives from local mascots to local police officers showed their support.

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