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Heating Fund assistance hits $5,000 in October

By Paula Walter
It is just the third week of October and the Johnson County Emergency Heating for Seniors has already spent $5,000 on kerosene and propane for some of its clients. The organization begins helping seniors in need beginning in October through the first of April. The recipients must meet stringent financial requirements in order to receive assistance.
According to Gwen Bell, president of the organization, over 1,000 gallons of kerosene and 200 gallons of propane have already been purchased. Last year, 42 people received assistance from the Johnson County Emergency Heating Fund for Seniors. In the three years since its inception, the group has raised more than $58,000 due to the kindness of local businesses and individuals. Johnson Countians have embraced the organization and continue to give so others may be helped.
Johnson County Bank and its employees have recently donated over $3,000 to the 501C organization. First Christian Church has given $1,000 to the fund, as has First United Methodist Church. The Johnson County Community Foundation Board has presented a check for $1,600 so far this year, with another $400 to be donated at a later date. The group applied for assistance and will receive a check from The United Way.
The Johnson County Emergency Heating Fund for Seniors will hold a breakfast fundraiser on November 10th from 6:00 am to 10:00 am at the Crewette Building. The Levi Retirees will provide the food for this event. “We need everyone’s support for the benefit breakfast,” said Bell. Tickets are available at Mountain Loan, the GOP Headquarters located in the Pioneer Village Shopping Center or by calling Bell at 727-5726. Tickets are also being sold for a Hewlett Packard 15.6 notebook bundle that is valued at over $600. The raffle will be held on December 15th at Johnson County Bank. Tickets are available at Johnson County Bank and GOP Headquarters.
According to Bell, the Johnson County Emergency Heating Fund for Seniors was set up for emergency situations. She reminds seniors that if you have fuel in your tank, please don’t take resources for those who are truly in need. The organization gratefully accepts all donations. They may be mailed to Post Office Box 208 in Mountain City, or contact Bell at 727-5726.