Even though it was a chilly day, a community group spent part of the day Thursday outside helping to raise funds for Upper Peninsula residents having trouble paying their heating bills.

The Community Action Agency hosted a brat sale in Escanaba.  Each brat cost only $2, and all the funds go to help residents in Delta, Menominee, and Schoolcraft Counties with heating assistance.

“The goal of the sale is to bring awareness to the fact that many of our neighbors have a hard time heating their homes–particularly this winter because its been brutal,” Community Action Agency Executive Director William Dubord said.

The brat sale aimed to raise awareness for Escanaba’s Walk for Warmth event taking place February 22, and all of those proceeds also go to local residents.

“Walk for Warmth is a symbolic walk in downtown Escanaba probably less than a mile,” Dubord said.  “It helps people heighten awareness of the fact that we’re out walking in the cold, and it brings home the fact that some people are struggling.”

The CAA is also hosting a Brats for Breakfast event February 18 from 6-10 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center in Menominee.

For more information on the CAA’s Walk for Warmth, click here.