Taking Steps To Help The Homeless

By Alexandra Montgomery
By Kelly McCarthy

Taking Steps To Help The Homeless

February 9, 2013 Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sub-zero temperatures don't stop the homeless from being homeless, and it didn't stop volunteers from finding out what being homeless is like.

The 5th annual Walk A Mile in My Shoes event raised money and awareness for local efforts to combat homelessness.

Cities across New York participated in the annual Rescue Mission event, where volunteers raised money by learning firsthand some of the difficulties of being homeless.

Vikki Collazo, of the Rescue Mission, says cold temperatures are part of the daily struggle.

"Kind of knowing what it's like to be outside and be homeless and just knowing that homelessness isn't seasonal; homelessness is 365 days a year," Collazo said.

Adults walked for $25 and children walked for $10. All of the money raised goes to the Rescue Mission.

Other walks across the state took place in Syracuse, Auburn and Ithaca.