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Walk raises money and awareness of homelessness

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

More than 150 people participated in the 'Coldest Day 5K' on Saturday. The event is held every year by the Springfield Rescue Mission to raise awareness of homelessness in Western Mass.

The race started on Main Street, continued to the Emergency Shelter on Taylor St. and ended on Mill St. 

"I work for The Children's Study Home in Springfield and I run across a lot of people that are homeless or facing homelessness and I think the only way that we can help is come together as a community," said Kristen Balmer from Springfield. 

The funds raised will benefit the groups Emergency Shelter that helps homeless people by providing a safe and a healthy environment for them. 

Ron Willoughby, Executive Director of the Springfield Rescue Mission, tells Western Mass News that the run "gives people a first-hand look at what it’s like to walk the streets of Springfield, experiencing the cold stark winter air, the solitude of the streets, and the loneliness that surround homeless people every day."

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