Cold weather prompts $100K increase to HeatShare budget
Roseville, Minn. – The Salvation Army has infused an additional $100,000 into its HeatShare program to help with the skyrocketing cost of propane throughout the state of Minnesota and the North Dakota cities of Fargo and Grand Forks. The extreme cold and the steep increase in propane costs have put low-income residents in dire circumstances. Requests for aid from The Salvation Army HeatShare fund have increased, threatening to drain its reserves.
“There aren’t other options for people who depend on propane to heat their homes,” said Lt. Colonel Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Divisional Commander of Minnesota and North Dakota. “The facts are heating bills are going from $200 a month to $900; it would strain even a middle-class family’s budget.”
The Salvation Army’s HeatShare program targets seniors, those with disabilities, and those in need due to crisis situations.
“We are especially concerned with seniors on fixed incomes,” Thomson said. “They are often the population that is the last to ask for help. It breaks our hearts to think of our senior population struggling to stay warm in these dangerous temperatures. We pray that these weather conditions moderate or we will run out of funding well before the crisis is over.”
The additional $100,000 is being distributed through Minnesota Salvation Army offices in Brainerd, Duluth, Cloquet, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, International Falls, Virginia and Willmar, and through North Dakota Salvation Army offices in Fargo and Grand Forks.
Tax-deductible donations to the HeatShare program can be made online (donate now), by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by mailing a check to your local Salvation Army with HeatShare in the memo line.
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The Salvation Army Northern Division serves more than 481,000 people a year through its local centers of operation. Annual it serves 992,000 hot meals and provides 450,000 nights of shelter. More than 80,500 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or make an online donation.