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Community shows support for annual St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- Men, women and children of all ages “walked a mile in her shoes” to show support for the 21st annual St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk.

80% of the women who go to St. Margaret’s House do so by using their feet for transportation, despite the weather conditions.

“We walk with the women and children of St. Margaret’s House every day and on this day we’re able to see all the people who walk with us all year,” Kathy Schneider said, the Executive Director of St. Margaret’s House.

The event is always scheduled during the middle of winter in solidarity with all those who brave the snow, rain or sun to get where they need to go.

“So here to support that and all the women that come through their doors to get back on their feet,” Ben Barnett said, who lives in Mishawaka.

People of all ages walked on Sunday to show support for the women and children in the community.

“We went on a field trip there for our school and saw how much that the women appreciated all that the stuff that they do,” said Caroline Dawson, who lives in South Bend.

The community support helps to raise awareness and continue the life changing services that St. Margaret’s House provides.

Participants also agreed that the annual Winter Walk is a positive way to bring the community together.

“A lot of people don’t have this in their communities and so I’m just here to support them,” Angelina McCall said, who lives in South Bend.

“We want the community to come together and work for one another, to work for each other and help in any way we can,” said Dedie Kelso, who is the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Downtown South Bend.

St. Margaret’s House is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020 and Kathy Schneider, the Executive Director, said the community support is exactly what the organization needs to provide the services they do.

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