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Springfield Rescue Mission holds Coldest Day 5k

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The Springfield Rescue Mission hosted their Coldest Day 5k walk on Sunday afternoon.

The event was created in order to raise awareness of what the homeless experience during winter.

Participants braved the frigid air as they walked along the riverfront from the rescue mission until they reached the emergency shelter.

Then they turned around and walked back to the mission.

Those in attendance were also given flyers, which they could hand out to homeless people, inviting them to the shelter.

"We brought in over $2,000 in this event and this is going to feed about 1,000 meals to the people we serve on a regular basis, so we're delighted," said Ron Willoughby, executive director of the mission. "You know, what a time of fellowship to have everybody come together and do something collectively for a good common cause and some fresh air to go with it."

After completing the 5k, participants were able to warm up inside the mission and enjoy some coffee or hot chocolate.

They also received a free coffee mug to mark the occasion.

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