Home-heating fundraiser draws hundreds
About 200 people came together at the Murphy Community Centre in Charlottetown Sunday to raise money to help Prince Edward Islanders heat their homes.
There was a concert and a silent auction. People paid $10 each to get in the door. More than six thousand dollars was raised.
The money raised will go to the Salvation Army Home heating program. The program receives $121,000 a year from the provincial government, but that money is already gone.
Benefit organizer Parnell Watts said he could not believe it when he heard some people were having to choose between heating their homes and buying food.
"That just blew me away," said Watts.
"Something like that should not be happening here on the Island."
Salvation Army Capt. Jamie Locke said so far this year the Salvation Army has helped about 175 families heat their homes. He said the need is much larger than that, and this weekend's benefit concert will help.
"It's been a particularly cold winter. It's been a long winter already," said Locke.
"We've stretched our resources as far as we can."
Watts would like to turn Sunday's event into an annual home-heating fundraiser.