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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside

The Windham County Heat Fund needs your support. Almost 8 years ago, Richard Davis and Daryl Pillsbury got the idea to create the Heat Fund. Though some people can get assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, others cannot, and fall through the cracks. When people fall through cracks they may be a single parent with children, earning too much to be eligible for fuel assistance but not enough to heat their home. People often have to decide, as winter months progress, whether to buy food or fuel. They may be elderly or disabled, living on fixed incomes, and can’t afford housing, food, bills, medications and fuel. They have to figure out how they'll survive without the necessities of life. In our area, heat is a necessity.

Those who do qualify for LIHEAP are getting roughly a third of what they received 2 years ago. It has been cold already; today it snowed. The heat is on.

Send your tax deductible donations to
The Windham County Heat Fund
c/o Richard Davis
679 Weatherhead Hollow Rd
Guilford, VT 05301

or you can donate directly at the Brattleboro Savings and Loan. 100% of your donations goes to fuel. None of us who work on the Heat Fund take one penny. Please keep your neighbors safely warm this winter. Thank you.

6 comments:

The Elephant's Child said...

You are a sweetheart, and I hope that heaps is raised. Sadly the decision to eat to heat happens here each year as well. Which is wrong on so many levels.

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

Thank goodness there are kind folk out there to help lift up those that 'slip between the cracks'.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have been giving out LIHEAP forms this week at the community center where I volunteer. This early cold has put families in jeopardy. There are many sources of help, unfortunately, many don't know about them. People should contact their local community center/food bank to find out what help they may be eligible for.

Austan said...

EC- we already have a woman with 3 sons and little money, who has myasthenia gravis and no wood to get thru the winter. People get all uppity about people not thinking ahead, but when you're sick like that your mind doesn't work right. What's so tough about being kind? I don't get it.

Austan said...

Lawless- if we all fill the crack just a little, just with what we can give, nobody will fall thru.

Austan said...

Arleen- that's the other thing, there are people waiting to help and those in need and no bridge. It's sometimes like a guarded secret!