The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 10, 2013

Heaters sought for elderly in need

By Lora Scripps
lora@athensnews-courier.com

— If the folklore surrounding the wooly bear caterpillar is true, some believe Limestone County could be in for a cold winter.

Others believe the caterpillar isn’t a very reliable forecaster.

Truth is — when it comes to Old Man Winter, only time will tell.

One thing is certain, cooler weather is coming and some of Limestone County’s elderly and homebound need heaters to weather the cold. 

Sandra Zirbel, director of Limestone County Care Assurance Systems for the Aging and Homebound said Wednesday the organization is in need of donations of small space heaters (110 voltage).

Requests are already coming in, according to Zirbel. “Many of our elderly and homebound clients live in homes that need supplemental heating,” she said.  “The donation of a small space heater can make a difference in their comfort for this winter.”

CASA — an agency that helps the elderly and homebound continue living in their own homes — hopes the public can help.

“All donations made to CASA will be used here for our elderly in the county,” Zirbel said.

Cash donations earmarked for the project and new heaters (no used heaters) will be accepted.

Weatherization program

CASA also coordinates a weatherization program, which helps elderly homeowners and tenants ready homes for winter.

While CASA purchases all material needed for the work, volunteers are needed to provide labor, according to Zirbel.

“This is a good project for a church group, a supervised school group or just a group of friends who enjoy working together,” Zirbel said. She urges concerned citizens of Limestone County to help.

Call CASA at 256-777-1038 for more details.