Benefit concert planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 at Murphy's Community Centre to raise more funds
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Capt. Jamie Locke of the Salvation Army
The tank is quickly running dry in the Salvation Army Home Heating Assistance Program.
Capt. Jamie Locke says 9,600 litres of donated fuel and the $121,200 in provincial funds used to fuel the annual program has already largely been used up to help heat homes of people in dire straits.
“We started this Monday and we are almost done,’’ says Locke.
He says there is only enough left to provide fuel to 14 clients.
The program, which applies to oil, wood and electricity, is made available to residents of P.E.I. facing hardship.
Each successful applicant can receive up to 400 litres of oil or the equivalent value for alternate heat sources once over a one-year period.
The Salvation Army has not set aside funds to top up the home heating program but does graciously accept donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 158 Fitzroy Street or made online at www.salvationarmy.ca by following the links and designating the donation to the Salvation Army Charlottetown Home Heating Assistance Program.
A concert is also being held next month to raise funds for the program.
Called the Warmest Day of the Year, the event will feature the entertainment of Unity, Janet McGarry & Serge Bernard, Roger Jones & Friends, and the Queens County Fiddlers at Murphy’s Community Centre in Charlottetown.
The concert is Sunday, Feb. 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and includes a silent auction. Admission is $10 with tickets available at Murphy’s Community Centre.
Parnell Watts says he decided to organize the event after reading how many Islanders struggle to stay warm in their homes in the winter, forced to layer on clothes and even crank up the oven.
“And that just blew me away...there is no reason why people can’t help out,’’ says Watts.
“I want to help other people...I just felt that this was something that needed to be done.’’