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Funds low for organization helping seniors pay power bills

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CASA said they are receiving phone calls every day from concerned citizens who cannot pay the power bill. CASA said they are receiving phone calls every day from concerned citizens who cannot pay the power bill.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Some people in the Tennessee Valley are struggling to pay energy bills because of the extreme cold snaps this month. An organization that helps them said they are seeing more people in need… and their funds are running out.

The money is meant for seniors that struggle paying off the high bills because they are on a limited, fixed income. Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound (CASA) said they are receiving phone calls every day from concerned citizens who cannot pay the power bill.

CASA said the problem is that so many people are asking for assistance and those resources are already very limited. Some seniors may not get the help they are looking for. To make matters worse, the organization said this isn't just an issue they will deal with this week, but something they expect last into at least February.

"They're going to have to pay their utility bill. If they don't, they're at risk of having their utilities turned off. Well then, what do they give up? They're going to have to give up on food, or medication, or something," said CASA Executive Director Ann Anderson.

CASA officials said Huntsville Utilities customers can help by supporting a program called Project Share. All customers have to do is donate a dollar or two to the project on their next bill, and money collected goes directly to a senior in need.

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