Letter: Give 'Gift of Warmth' to struggling neighbors

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To the editor:

Give 'Gift of Warmth' to struggling neighbors

To the editor:

Nearly 1,500 Massachusetts households last winter received energy assistance thanks to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. With the arrival of colder temperatures more Massachusetts families in crisis due to a loss of a job or unexpected medical expenses need help paying energy bills.

The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, sponsored by 23 energy service providers in the state and administered by the Salvation Army, is often the last resort for families who need help and have not qualified for state and federal assistance. The Fund is seeing a rise in requests as the weather gets colder, which we expect to continue until spring. Those in need of help should visit their local Salvation Army Service Center or call 800-262-1320.

To help us satisfy the more than 2,000 requests for aid anticipated this winter, I appeal to everyone in the Pittsfield area to sponsor energy companies to "Give the Gift of Warmth." Energy customers can donate by using the green-colored Good Neighbor Energy Fund donation envelopes found as an insert in their monthly utility bills or through the "add a dollar" program some energy companies offer. For more information on donating, visit www.magoodneighbor.org.

Virginia Anthony, Springfield The writer is manager, consumer relations, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.


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