The public is invited to help others keep their heat on this winter by participating in the Combined Community Services (CCS) Winter Warmth Sleepout on Oct. 18 with scheduled activities from 6 to 9 p.m.

In 2018, CCS assisted families 242 times with crisis utility situations, which a majority of the time was an upcoming disconnection date, according to a news release. Families are eligible to request assistance once in a 12-month period when they have a disconnect notice or are in danger of going without utilities. CCS was still unable to assist some families due to funding limitations.

CCS seeks to raise awareness for the need of utility assistance in Kosciusko County, as well as raise funds to help keep families warm this winter. Individuals, groups and families can sign up to raise funds at CCSSleepout.com. There will be a “Youth Group Challenge,” with a traveling trophy for the youth group that raises the most funds as well as the youth group that wins the activities of the night. For more “Youth Group Challenge” information, contact Tim Frame at 574-269-6019, ext. 224.

For the annual CCS Winter Warmth Sleepout on the Kosciusko County Courthouse lawn, attendees can bring tents, boxes and sleeping bags to spend the night on the lawn, if they would like, but are not required to sleep out to participate. From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy activities such as games, snacks and music.

The event is sponsored by Kosciusko REMC and New Life Christian Church and World Outreach. See CCSSleepout.com for more information and sponsors.