FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- This winter's warm temperatures make it easy to forget the thousands of people struggling to heat their homes. But volunteers in Freeport say there is still a great need for heating assistance.
Each winter, Paula O'Brien and Sue Mack spend 24 hours in front of the First Parish Church on Main Street, hoping those passing by will help the many struggling to heat their homes. This is the seventh year they have organized the effort. This year they decided to make the fundraiser a community-wide effort. They formed a committee and set a ten thousand dollar fundraising goal. They figured it was a long shot.
"Before I even put my long johns on this morning, we already had seven thousand of the ten thousand raised, and that's from getting the word out and spreading it around the community" Mack told NEWS CENTER.
Martin's Point Healthcare and one other anonymous sponsor donated a large portion of the money raised. If the volunteers make their ten thousand dollar goal, Downeast Energy will donate five thousand dollars worth of heating oil.