Feet lend a hand to the arms of charity
Some of the metro’s fleet-footed stepped up to fill a mixed bag of charitable betterment and personal fulfillment Saturday morning. A quick tour of Midtown Omaha helped offset energy bills for those in need.
The vehicle was the Heat the Streets and Walk for Warmth at Midtown Crossing.
The Heat the Streets Run was a professionally-time 5K that started at Midtown Crossing and passed through the Midtown and Field Club neighborhoods. Walk for Warmth was an untimed, one-mile walk around Midtown Crossing.
The different nature of each event served a similar goal – to help those in need pay their utility bills.
Event Chair Judi Martin said, “This is our 10th anniversary. We started this event 10 years ago to raise awareness in the community of the need of utility assistance and to share with folks. We take for granted sometimes that we can turn on our lights and turn on our heat but not everybody can do that and they need some assistance every once and a while to be able to pay their bills and keep them safe in their homes. So we do it to raise awareness - get the community involved.”
Runner Alex Diaz was among the participants who also had some personal goals in mind. “I’m ready to actually be someone, to get my running season started,” he said. “My main race is not until May so I’m ready to actually focus on myself and do the thing I’ve always wanted to do. My mission is actually to do a half-marathon again and beat my time under two hours.”
OPPD, MUD and Black Hills Energy organize the event. Then the sponsors are lined-up to raise the money that goes into the energy-assistance programs.