UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Rescue Mission began its 3rd Annual "Walk a Mile in my Shoes," one-mile walk, Saturday.
The walk, which raises money to support the homeless and hungry, began at City Hall and ended at the Rescue Mission building.
Nearly 500 people participated in the event today, including high profile public figures such as Mayor Palmieri, County Executive Anthony Picente, and Sheriff Rob Maciol.
"We hope people will become aware what it's like for our homeless people to be out in the streets, in the cold," said Rescue Mission Director of Development, Debi Kenyon. "Many of them are dressed warm, but our homeless people have wet shoes and socks and no cloths or proper clothing, so we hope it brings awareness to that, as well as programs we have at the Rescue Mission."
The event raised over $20,000, which will go towards feeding, clothing, and housing homeless people in the area.