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With banners, balloons and a police escort, scores of cars would through Evanston on Jan. 18. This was Walk for Warmth on Wheels, a vehicular version – induced by the COVID-19 pandemic – of Interfaith Action of Evanston’s for Warmth.
Walk for Warmth, annually on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, highlights the churches of Interfaith Action that sponsor shelters or soup kitchens for Evanston’s homeless. The organization, additionally, is one of the co-sponsors of the Producemobile of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which visits the Robert Crown Center regularly, dropping off free produce and staples.
Sue Murphy, director of the warming center at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, led the parade in her convertible, with daughter Erin in the passenger seat and grandson Finn in the back. The cars following Ms. Murphy’s were reserved for “Leadership Drivers,” Seventh Ward Alderman Eleanor Revelle and Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne.