Heat the town: Helping others stay warm this winter

Warm-hearted contractors unite to donate repairs

Heat the town: Helping others stay warm this winter
Turning your heater on today might not be on your to do list, but temperatures are quickly going downa nd you might be turning it on sooner than you think. (source: Robert Foote, KFVS)

LUBBOCK, TX (SOUTH PLAINS TACCA) - Every year there are many deaths in our country related to faulty heating systems or to the lack of heating all together. Whether the cause is carbon monoxide leakage, gas leakage in a confined space, or simply the lack of funds to afford repairs, our communities are faced with the grim results year after year. The fact is a majority of these heating related casualties could be prevented with a simple and thorough heating check in the fall. However, the elderly and/or disabled, low income homeowner, living on a fixed income must make a critical choice: food and medicine, or a heat check service call.

Every winter some Lubbock residents survive without heat. Their heating units need repairs they just can’t afford, so they resort to using cook stoves or barbeque grills to heat their homes. For the 18th year in a row, members of the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association (TACCA-SP) have joined together on an annual project called “Heat the Town” to assist those who need a safe way to stay warm.

On Saturday, October 27, heating and air conditioning contractors and other businesses will be making an impact by donating time, money and materials to make free repairs for people in need. On this one day only, service technicians will head out to prepare approximately 60 homes for the winter ahead. This is the 18th year TACCA members have come together to “Heat the Town”.

People in need should call (806) 762-8721 or (806) 687-0940. This is the number for the South Plains Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging (SPAG-AAA). We will only take the first 60 qualified callers. They must be the homeowner (no renters), live within the city limits of Lubbock, be low income, age 65 or older, and the home cannot be a mobile home. The homeowner needs to be home between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. We will not make a return trip. SPAG-AAA will visit with the homeowner to find out what their needs are and then refer them to TACCA-South Plains. One of our volunteer contractors will then come and service their equipment on the morning of Saturday, October 27.

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