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Wake Program Wants Families To Be Warm For Winter

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — It is beginning to feel like winter, and winter without warmth is a cold reality for people who cannot afford heat. But a Wake County program is helping them get by.

Bill Garrabrant uses a wood splitter to take a "crack" out of the winter chill. He splits, stacks and hauls wood around the neighborhood. He said any donations he receives goes to

Warmth For Wake

. The program uses locally donated funds to provide assistance to those individuals who need heat for their residences.

"People who can't afford to buy fuel for themselves when the winter gets cold," he said. "Lots of people benefit from something that might, otherwise, end up in a landfill."

The work has also paid off for Garrabrant physically. He said he has lost 30 pounds splitting and stacking. Garrabrant said he will deliver wood to anyone who needs it or who is willing to make a contribution.

Warmth for Wake is funded entirely through voluntary tax-deductible contributions from citizens, churches, civic and fraternal organizations, and businesses. Last year, the program helped more than 400 families in Wake County and received more than $70,000 in contributions. This is the program's 26th year.

Contributions are accepted at any Wake County bank or can be mailed to:

Warmth for Wake P.O. Box 46833 Raleigh, N.C. 27620