The Hill Country has already experienced its first cold front of the season. With temperatures in the low 30s, the American Red Cross Winter Heater Program began on November 1, supplying local residents with space heaters to stay warm during the upcoming months.
Last year, the chapter distributed one hundred seven heaters to local families. Chapter Executive Kristy Vandenberg estimates that the need will be even greater this year.
The heater program assists the elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and families with young children during the winter months. Potential clients can either call the Red Cross themselves, or be referred by an agency, concerned friend, or family member.
The heaters are provided to those who do not have heat within their homes, trailers and apartments. Specifically, this program serves elderly citizens 62 years of age and older on a limited fixed income, Social Security, S.S.I, or pension; disabled citizens whose only financial support is from disability income; families with children under 6 years of age who have limited financial resources; and specified others who are chronically ill and suffering from the extreme heat, with no financial means of purchasing a fan (a social worker must call Red Cross on client’s behalf).
For the past several years, area residents have been very supportive of this program with donations to the local chapter. Those wishing to support this service to the community may do so by bringing donations or a new or unused heater to the American Red Cross Chapter on Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at 333 Earl Garrett in Kerrville. Contact the chapter at 830-257-4677 or visit hccredcross.org. To donate, visit www.redcross.org to make an online gift.
The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.The Hill Country Chapter serves over 104,000 people in eight counties: Blanco, Crockett, Gillespie, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard and Sutton.