BY KEVIN HOWELL
Director, Disaster Reduction Ministry
Sumter United Ministries
On actually chilly nights, typically I lie awake in mattress desirous about a number of the individuals we’ve got interviewed and ask a easy, compassionate query: “Are they heat tonight?”
So a lot of our purchasers on the Disaster Reduction Ministry depend upon kerosene heaters to supply a real, radiant warmth. Through the years, the worth for kerosene has steadily climbed. It takes about $1 an hour to burn only one kerosene heater.
At that value, I’m positive that individuals should make robust selections as to when to burn gas and when the chilly might be tolerated.
Just lately, a senior couple came around us for kerosene. The husband was 70 years outdated, and his spouse was in her late 60s. They reside in an outdated cellular dwelling and instructed us the central HVAC system now not operates and has wanted alternative for a few years. They use electrical house heaters to heat their dwelling however use a kerosene heater when the home turns into too chilly.
Their complete revenue is simply over $1,200 a month and is pushed by the extra expense of kerosene every winter.
There was little or no that might be completed to alleviate their monetary burden. They personal their dwelling, however their bills that remained weren’t luxuries. Only a few bills might be lower out of their price range. Including to their troubles, each of them are at the moment most cancers sufferers. The spouse acquired a latest leukemia analysis. Her husband was so in poor health that he by no means received out of the automobile to affix her throughout their interview with our Disaster Reduction Ministry.
Interviews like these are a simple analysis for me. It was apparent we wished to do every part we might to assist them. Sumter United Ministries is blessed with so many devoted supporters who permit us to assist with substantial help. Even so, I couldn’t escape the sensation of eager to do much more than our assets would permit.
We’re grateful to all who contribute to the Hearth Fund and permit us to encourage those that really feel lonely of their struggles and people who are unable to supply for his or her pressing wants. Because of your generosity, deserving neighbors in want are staying heat throughout chilly nights. Thanks!
New donations as of Dec. 7: Charlie Pitts, in honor of Ray Baker, $25; Bush and Nancy Hanson, $50; Roosevelt Swinton, in honor of Dorothy Randolph Toney, $50; McCants Household, in loving reminiscence of Mr. Common McCants and Mrs. Lattie M. McCants, $625; Gene and Shirley Patterson, in reminiscence of Robert Macfarlane Luce, $100; Mary King, in reminiscence of William King, $100; S. Heimbigner, $25; G. Heimbigner, $25; Bobby Sigley, in loving reminiscence of Yvonne Sigley, $10; Mary Dukes, in reminiscence of Curry C. Dukes, $50; Barbara Tuttle, $500; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Winchester, in honor of the “Superb Grace Class” Alice Dr. Baptist Church, $100; Immanuel Lutheran Church of Sumter, SC, $524; Patsy Reeves, in reminiscence of Daniel C. Reeves, $200; Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Donald P. Adee, $200.
Correction from Nov. 30: Charlie Pitts, in honor of Cathie Pitts: $25