PITTSBURG, KS.--- Every winter in the city of Pittsburg, some families struggle to pay their heating bills. Pittsburg Mayor Michael Gray declared today "Project Warmth Day." Saint John Lutheran Church and Pittsburg Ministerial Association held a fundraiser to help those families stay warm. This effort has been going on for the past 25 years, and they had more support than ever from the community today. More than 100 residents poured into Memorial Auditorium to eat lunch together for Project Warmth Day.
"We helped over 100 families last year and 90 percent of those families were families with kids. So, it's just a really neat way to come together, to work together and help out in our community," said Tom Wehrman, Saint John Lutheran Church Pastor.
Church Member Mary Cash is overjoyed to see an event she helped start 25 years ago, grow beyond belief.
"Today is going well. Beautiful. I thought it might be too hot today, but it turns out people are coming and supporting. And that's wonderful," said Mary Cash, Saint John Lutheran Church Member.
The meal was six dollars and the funds raised will be given to the Salvation Army to use for families who need some assistance paying their heating and utility bills this winter.
"We had a fairly good day for coming out and seeing friends and neighbors, and having lunch or supper together," said Wehrman.
The volunteers served lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this evening. Pastor Wehrman says he's pleased with the turn out and they're already looking forward to next year.
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