HUDSON – Frost glistens on rooftops, but a different kind of warmth is on the horizon in Hudson. As winter tightens its grip, the inaugural Coldest Night of the Year walk promises to light the …
HUDSON – Frost glistens on rooftops, but a different kind of warmth is on the horizon in Hudson. As winter tightens its grip, the inaugural Coldest Night of the Year walk promises to light the way, raising crucial funds for four St. Croix County charities grappling with rising demand during the harshest months.
The family-friendly event, hosted by Hudson-based River Valley Charities, Inc., will showcase the dedication of five local nonprofits to collaborate for the benefit of the community. Our Neighbors’ Place (River Falls), Operation Help (Hudson), Grace Place (New Richmond), and the Hudson Backpack Program (Hudson) are helping organize the event and will serve as the financial beneficiaries. These charities provide vital food, shelter, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to local families in need.
"We envisioned a night where the bitterest cold met the fiercest compassion," shared Andy Johnson, the CNOY Event Director from River Valley Charities. "The inaugural CNOY in St. Croix County is about building a warm bridge – a human chain against the elements, ensuring no door remains closed to those seeking refuge and care."
On Feb. 24, downtown Hudson and Lakefront Park will come alive and participants will unite with over 150 other communities in North America to step into the night, choosing either a 1-mile or 3-mile route. Solo explorers and spirited teams will be fueled by music, hot chocolate pit stops, warm bowls of soup and the collective glow of solidarity.
More than a walk, this night is a tapestry woven from the threads of generosity. Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are stepping forward, each thread weaving a story of hope. For example, conveniently situated right along the St. Croix River and event walking routes, Midcurrent Church has graciously opened their doors to warm hearts and hands before and after the walk.
With registration numbers and sponsorships increasing daily, the excitement is palpable.
"The response has been overwhelming," admitted Johnson. "We invite everyone to join us – walk on your own, start a team, volunteer, donate, or simply spread the word. Let's make this inaugural CNOY a landmark moment, proof that together, we can build a shelter of warmth that extends far beyond one night."
Register, donate, and learn more at CNOY.com/Hudson. Let's rewrite the narrative of winter, turning the coldest night into the warmest heart of our community.
Contact Andy@RiverValleyCharities.com for more information.
Submitted by River Valley Charities