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Written by Susan King   
Tuesday, 05 January 2010 00:39
Dear Friends,

I am moved to send this note to you, and I hope that you will receive it kindly.  I've become aware that there are many people in our community who cannot pay their power bills and are in danger of having their service ended and I want to ask you to join me an effort to make sure that doesn't happen.

I sit in the warmth of my house with my gas logs burning even when the power goes out, and I think of people who don't have any such comforts - but I can only think about them obliquely because to consider that there are little children very near who are without heat in this unforgiving cold just hurts too much.  But I can't stop thinking about them and today I knew I had to do something or go mad. I asked God please to tell me what it might be that would have an immediate impact on someone's great need.

The idea came to call the power company and ask if there was any way to make a direct donation to the account of someone who was in danger of losing their heat.  So I did.  And just a few moments ago, Susan Jones, an Area Coordinator with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, returned my call and said that yes, there is, and that it can be done very simply. She told me of one case (out of so many that she has been struggling with today) where my donation would make the difference to a woman with young children who is in danger of losing her power because her account is in terrible shape. I gave Susan my word I would put a check in the mail tonight, and gained her assurance that it would be sufficient.

It's hard to ask people to give more than I know you already are, but I can't help but ask - would you consider joining me?  Our collective donations however small or large could create a tangible blanket around so many people who are suffering terribly in this brutal cold, with no good news in sight where the temperature is concerned, and you just wonder how long they can make it.

If you would like to send a donation, make our check out to BREMCO and send it to the attention of Susan Jones, BREMCO, 2491 U.S. Highway 421 S. Boone, NC, 28607. Just include a note that you would like to help pay the bill of someone in danger of losing their heat.  If you would like to talk with Susan for more information, her number is 264-8894.

From my fortunate heart I thank you for considering this situation.

My very best to you and yours,

Susan King


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