Beating the cold with a Walk for Warmth

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - We normally turn up the thermostat when the air cools down, but not everyone can afford to stay warm.

We show you what some families are doing to help the most vulnerable stay toasty in the winter.

Main Street Square became a stomping ground for hundreds at the 7th annual Walk for Warmth.

Families trekked around town in hopes of helping people in need heat their homes during the coldest months of winter.

Major Nathan Johnson, area coordinator, Salvation Army, says, "Today we have a beautiful day, but in a couple days we'll be down to single digits, and when it's cold, people are miserable. And so they need to have their house with utilities so that not only do we keep the heat on, but we also keep the lights on as well. So all those appliances that we take for granted, if you don't have your bill paid, you have nothing working for you in your home."

The path followed a one and a half mile route through downtown Rapid City.

And even kids from the Rushmore Thunder hockey team got into the spirit of giving.

Cortland Grimsrud, a 10-year-old player from the Rushmore Thunder, says, "It feels good because it's in the name. It's like being good to other people that don't have many things and stuff."

Black Hills Energy will match donations up to $10,000, and the Salvation Army - Rapid City Corps will distribute those funds.

Major Nathan Johnson says, "This is an amazing event. It's an amazing opportunity because it's a collaboration with the community to help those in need. We feel really great about it because it's all of us coming together. We just make sure that we help the people that come to us in need, but everybody else is making sure that we have the money that we need to do just that."

By the end of the day, the Salvation Army hopes to raise about $30,000, and all of the proceeds will go to help pay someone's utility bills.