SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Have you ever been to a homeless shelter, or been forced to stay outside during the cold winter months?
Most people haven’t, which is why the Springfield Rescue Mission is holding the “Coldest Day 5K” Saturday.
All of the participants hit the streets of Springfield Saturday morning to find out what it could be like if they couldn’t escape the cold.
The purpose of the “Coldest Day 5K” is to give people a first-hand look at what it’s like to walk the streets in the winter.
Participants left the Rescue Mission on Mill Street in Springfield at 10:00 AM, and walked through downtown Springfield before returning to Mill Street.
The Rescue Mission said this experience will help participants see the struggles homeless people go through every winter.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, an average 700 people, who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, die every year from hypothermia.