Man raises money for utility bills of elderly from rooftop

Published: Jul. 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM CDT
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Walter Peavey has set a goal of $5,000 in donations.
Walter Peavey has set a goal of $5,000 in donations.
The Love Center is the former Bo Matthews Center.
The Love Center is the former Bo Matthews Center.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A man demonstrating on a North Huntsville roof is taking donations to help pay for elderly people's utility bills.

Walter Peavey has been on the roof of the Love Center, formerly the Bo Matthews Center, since Thursday. He has braved the heat and the rain to draw attention to his cause and make a bold statement to Huntsville Utilities.

Peavey is asking the utility company to demonstrate more compassion for senior citizens who cannot pay their bills. He said there are hundreds in Huntsville who are struggling to make ends meet. Peavey is raising money through his organization, Love Ministries, to pay the bills for them. His goal is $5,000, with which he can help at least 100 people.

He said he is not coming down from the roof until that goal is reached. Staying put in the July heat, he continued, isn't easy. "The heat is sometimes unbearable," said Peavey. "My health is not at its best, but I want to feel what these senior citizens feel when their health is not the best. The heat that rises off this building into your face is just like how they must feel when their air conditioners are silenced because there is no power."

Peavey is about halfway to his goal. If you'd like to help, you can stop by the Love Center at the corner of Pulaski Pike and Stringfield Road to make a donation.

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