‘Keep the Heat On’ campaign donates $5k to help veterans stay warm

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JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — As the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, a very important annual heating campaign aimed at keeping local veterans warm received a $5,000 donation.

The Diocese of Providence kicked off its 14th annual “Keep the Heat On” campaign Wednesday, which helps veterans that are struggling to pay their heating bills.

Bishop Thomas Tobin presented the $5,000 check to Operation Stand Down at the campaign’s kick-off event. The money was raised during the Catholic Charity Appeal.

“It warms our homes with heating assistance,” Tobin said. “It also warms our hearts that so many people care for those in need.”

Tobin also pledged that he would give the campaign a personal donation of $50 for every time the Pittsburgh Steelers take home a victory. He said he would love to do it each time the New England Patriots won, but said he “doesn’t have that much money.”

“I hope that members of our church and community will be generous once again in supporting ‘Keep the Heat On,’” Tobin said. “It’s a great program, an effective program that warms the homes and the hearts of many individuals and families throughout our region.”

Keep the Heat On started providing heating assistance to veterans in 2005. More than $2.95 million has been raised to help over 13,000 Rhode Island families and individuals stay warm during winter.

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