Raleigh group aims to keep people warm


One by one, volunteers at the Helping Hand Mission in Southeast Raleigh gathered the last of their donated space heaters Friday evening.

"I've been specializing in those kinds of heaters families can get that don't cause fires," said Sylvia Wiggins, the head of the Helping Hand Mission.

Wiggins has been handing the heaters out to families that can't afford costly heating bills. She's running low though on fire-resistant oil-filled heaters, as demand soars.

"So many people have been calling in wanting heaters as the temperatures drop," said Wiggins. "We don't have a lot this is it. I've had about four times the calls today, of people needing heaters."

The group is also stocking up on warm clothes as families struggle to keep warm.

"It can be a life or death situation," said Wiggins.

The most at risk are the elderly and children.

"When people get up in the morning, kids going to school, they desperately need the heat for the house," said Wiggins. "A lot of the people who call us for help cannot afford to cut the heat on, and the heat bill has gone crazy."

The Helping Hand Mission is always looking for donations, including those safety space heaters.

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