South Bend walkers brave freezing weather to raise money

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The flurries Sunday afternoon did not stop people from making it outside to walk a mile for Saint Margaret's house in South Bend.

The streets of Downtown South Bend were filled with walkers young and old to raise money for Saint Margaret's House, a non-profit organization that provides living essentials to women and children.

“This event and the funds that we are raising today helps to make sure that when they arrive at Saint Margaret’s house that there is something here to make it worth their while,” says Michelle Bryant, Winter Walk Chair.

And although it was cold, participants bundled up to finish the mile long walk.

“It’s not warm – it’s really cold out,” says Joan Renbargar, a participant in the walk.

Renbargar walked today to show her two daughters how important it is to help those in need.

“I think that any of us could be in this situation and I feel like I am very blessed not to be, but a lot of people could be and it could happen to any of us,” says Renbargar.

Women walk every day to Saint Margaret's House. Sister Agnes Anne walks with the Sisters of Holy Cross every year in support of the women trying to make a difference in their lives.

“It makes you realize how hard it is," says Sister Agnes Anne Roberts. "Because it’s kind of chilly, but it warms your heart.”

The turn out this year was lower than last year, organizers say they blame it on the weather. But they say the walk was still a success with over $36,000 raised.

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