To the Journal editor:
People of different ages, faiths and occupations joined together in Trenary on Oct. 6, for the first annual Walk for Warmth, sponsored by the St. Rita chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society.
The walk was aptly named because the walkers braved rain, sleet and snow to raise money for winter boots for kindergarten through eighth grade children in need at Superior Central School.
The winter boot program was implemented by the Marquette Council of St. Vincent de Paul Society several years ago and provided boots for needy children in the entire council region.
However, due to the poor economy and the greater cost of living, there was not enough money to continue the program this year.
Kathy Beaupied and Yvonne Flynn of the local chapter of St. Vincent's spearheaded the drive to raise our own funds locally to fill this need. The community rallied behind the effort and the amount of money raised was more than double our goal.
Money in excess of what is needed for boots, will be used for other winter clothing needs for the children and perhaps even for home heating for the needy.
St. Vincent de Paul wishes to thank everyone who walked or donated to the cause; especially the Ladies Guild of Sion Lutheran Church in Chatham; Larry and Susa Swaim who promoted our cause in memory of their son, police officer Paul Grahovac, who was killed 11 years ago in October while assisting at a bad accident scene. Paul loved children.
We would also like to thank Pat Porter and Nikki Weathers from the Nifty Thrifty who led their own walk for the cause and the employees of Superior Central. Also, Target and Walmart stores of Marquette for their gift cards and participation in the program; and anyone else we may have forgotten. This was an awesome example of a community working together to fill a local need, without relying on government aid.
Our community took care of our own! Thank God for the good people of the world.