Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Without heaters, kids will need donated hats

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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Apparently, it's a great time to think about ways to stay warm that don't involve a heater.

As Pam Zubeck reported in our Oct. 6 Noted Section, "About 2,500 households in El Paso County might have trouble staying connected with Colorado Springs Utilities this winter, because of deep cuts in federal funds for the local Low-Income Energy Assistance (LEAP) program.

"More than a third of federal money vanished for needy families, meaning 17,000 households in Colorado will be slashed from the assistance list and might have to choose between heat and other necessities this winter."

But worry not! El Paso County has launched "Operation Warm Up" to collect "hats, coats, scarves, mittens, boots, gloves and toys."

My apologies for the sarcasm.

Surely, the county people mean well, and they deserve to be applauded for their efforts. They're thinking of all those poor kids walking to school in the winter who really and truly need a coat and mittens. Good for them.

But here's the depressing fact of the matter: A lot of those kids will need to wear those coats and mittens indoors as well this year. Despite charitable intentions, it's getting harder and harder to be poor in El Paso County.

Here's how to donate:

October 11, 2011 — Donations of new and gently used hats, coats, scarves, mittens, boots, gloves and toys are being collected for needy families in El Paso County on Friday October 14th from 6am-11am at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center at 3650 North Nevada Ave. All the items collected will be given to families receiving economic assistance from the El Paso County Department of Human Services at this year’s Feed the Children event.

“Last year more than 6 thousand people in El Paso County attended Feed the Children,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark who also serves at the Liaison Commissioner to the Department of Human Services. “The need this year is even greater with more than 10 percent of our population currently receiving food assistance. Donations to Operation Warm Up will truly go to the neediest members of our community. We are thankful to be able to partner with Cumulus Media Inc.”

Those who come out and donate will receive a chicken biscuit from Chick-Fil-A and a pumpkin from Ditomaso Farms in Pueblo while supplies last.

What: Operation Warm Up
When: Friday October 14th 6-11am
Where: Freedom Financial Services Expo Center 3650 North Nevada Ave.
Donations Needed: New and gently used hats, coats, scarves, mittens, boots, gloves and toys

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