Is it just me or has this winter been really cold and as many of you recently experienced, pretty white as well? I know here in the Portland metro area, temperatures were breaking records – the highs for the days were in the low to mid-twenties and the lows were down in the teens or single digits. And of course the “Snowmageddon” came right on top of that – some people saw more than a foot of snow fall on their area. I hope all of you were able to keep your homes warm and that your power remained on.
Sadly, even as we all experienced a really tough February with all the cold temperatures and the snow, many of our fellow Oregonians had an even tougher time. Oregon HEAT knows that there are thousands of low-income Oregonians that due to financial crises cannot afford to keep their homes warms and have no power.
The reasons that our fellow Oregonians cannot afford to keep their power on and heat supplied to their homes are many. Oregon HEAT has found that reasons may be based on the fact that the family cannot afford to keep the heat on because of a job loss or maybe they’re working, but not enough hours to pay all the bills or even an illness in the family that attributed to having higher than expected medical bills. No matter what the financial hardship the fact remains that our neighbors could be suffering a very cold winter for themselves and their families because the income or lack thereof does not stretch to pay all the financial obligations. Oregon HEAT is working hard to alleviate the suffering of so many Oregonians.
Global Giving donors have been a great help in giving hope to folks who are suffering without heat. Since the Global Giving Emergency Energy Assistance project has begun, $6,100 has been raised to help the folks who are suffering without heat. That means that 61 fellow Oregonians were able to have a warm home and the power remained on at their household.
Oregon HEAT wants to issue a challenge to all our Global Giving donors– Let’s try and make some more of our neighbor’s homes warm and keep their power running by reaching out with another donation – Whatever you can afford – and lets donate today.
Our winter has been cold and our fellow Oregonians that are suffering from the cold need our help.
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