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March 23, 2009
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As Spring Arrives, Minister Currie Thanks Salvation Army for Keeping Islanders Warm Over the Winter

Social Services and Seniors

As winter nears its end, Prince Edward Island’s Minister of Social Services and Seniors is calling the Salvation Army Fuel Program a tremendous success that helped Island families keep warm.

The Salvation Army Fuel Program provides emergency assistance to Islanders with lower incomes who need help heating their homes.

The program is operating on a $200,000 donation from the Department of Social Services and Seniors. The province’s donation is enough to assist at least 500 low-income Island families, with additional donations coming from businesses, community groups, and individuals.

Applications came in steadily all winter.

“It is clear that the Salvation Army Fuel Program is working,” said Minister Doug Currie. “Their partnership with our Department of Social Services and Seniors is an excellent example of how government can reach out into the community and help the most vulnerable people.”

Everyone who accessed emergency assistance was also referred to the Office of Energy Efficiency, which offers a number of programs to help Islanders improve the energy efficiency of their homes in the longer term.

Residents can apply for home heating assistance once per year and the Salvation Army is continuing to approve new applications into March.

Residents of Queens and Kings Counties can reach the Salvation Army at (902) 892-8870 and people in Prince County should call (902) 888-3870.

Media Contact: Stefanie Arduini
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