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We’ve editorialized several times in the past year about how the economy has affected Brunswick County families.
From residents losing jobs, to those who are having difficulties making ends meet, many residents have found themselves in need. Some need help with food and clothing; others need help paying bills for life essentials like housing and electricity.
The weather recently has added an additional strain on some of the county’s cash-strapped residents.
Unusually cold weather has settled in over the area, forcing residents who are normally used to the coast’s mild temperatures to crank up the heat to keep warm, especially during cold winter nights.
Thankfully, Brunswick County has a community program that can help ease the pain and warm local homes.
Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation’s Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign is in full swing. The program is designed to raise money to help local residents in need. Money collected is distributed to Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging. It helps residents with heating, electric bills and other necessities in the winter.
In addition to raising money through community donations, BEMC also does a company match, up to $50,000. Last year, the campaign raised about $75,000. So far this year, $25,000 has been collected.
It’s a good cause, and one that helps local families when they need it most. If you can, lend a hand. No donation is too small.
To learn more about Warm Homes, Warm Hearts and how to make a contribution, visit www.bemc.org or call 754-4391.