"There's a lot of people in the Bangor community who aren't fortunate enough to have heating oil," said Madeline Sanborn, the president of Husson Univerity Student Government. "That's something that's so essential."
With heating oil costing over $2 per gallon, many families are faced with a difficult decision, to either heat their homes this winter or purchase other necessities. To ensure that people can stay warm this winter, on Sunday, over 60 people braved 20 degree weather, to walk for warmth.
"I'm really just excited that so many people supported us, especially for the first year," said Sanborn.
Husson University Student Government is teaming up with United Way of Eastern Maine to raise over $1,500 to help local Bangor families pay for heating oil with a 5K.
"That money is dispersed through cities and towns that are able to get it directly to people who need it," said Jesse Moriarity, the vice president of resource development & communications at United Way of Eastern Maine.
Despite cold weather, people are showing what it truly means to be neighborly.
"It brings the community together for a good cause," said Jake Whitley, a race participant. "I think everyone is having fun doing it. I mean, they are over there laughing. Everyone is having fun."
Husson University Student Government is already looking to do this again next year.
"I think we all sort of know that this time of the year and for the next couple of months is really hard for the folks in our community," said Moriarity. "We're so grateful for the students at Husson and the faculty and staff for putting together an amazing day."