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Need For Heating Assistance Comes With Colder Temperatures

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GREER, S.C. - As the Carolinas deal with the first freeze and frost warnings of the season, some people are bracing for another challenge when it comes to their energy bills.

Non-profit organizations report that some people are already asking for jackets and blankets.

Greer Relief is getting ready to assist people with utility payments, blankets and space heaters.

Workers predict there will be waiting lists for those items in a couple of weeks.

"We make sure we stock up on blankets and heaters and all those little things that sometimes make the difference between not being able to sleep tonight because you're literally so cold," Maddie Batlas, of Greer Relief, said.

The organizations are rely heavily on partnering organizations and private donors. Federal money is key too.

Last year, Batlas said that Greer Relief got about $16,000 from the federal government just for utility assistance. They ended up having to serve 600 families for about $30,000 on the utilities.

"There's always that worry that next year that those monies might not be there," she said.

The Spartanburg Salvation Army office has already had people coming in asking for clothes and coats.

They will begin signing up people for energy assistance on November 11.

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