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Van Buren County Commissioner Gail Patterson-Gladney is shown last February taking part in We Care in the Name of Christ’s Warm Your Heart Month Island Sit in downtown South Haven. This year’s 12-hour fundraising event is scheduled Feb. 29. We Care hopes to raise $10,000 on that day alone.

SOUTH HAVEN — A human service ministry that helps people in need throughout the South Haven area is getting ready to launch its biggest fundraiser of the year.

We Care in the Name of Christ’s annual Warm Your Heart Month will kick off Feb. 1 and conclude March 1 with a variety of fundraising events, including the popular “Island Sit,” where volunteers brave the cold weather to stand at the city’s downtown traffic island to solicit monetary donations from motorists and pedestrians.