KERRVILLE, TX – December 10, 2012 — The Hill Country Chapter of the American Red Cross has distributed over 90 space heaters since November 1st. With the cold front that arrived last night, the chapter is asking the public for help in securing more. Last year, the chapter gave local families one hundred ninety eight (198) heaters. Chapter Executive, Kristy Vandenberg estimates that the need will be even greater this year, “We probably need to order another 100 heaters to meet demand. We can do this with our community’s help. Please consider a special donation for this program! Heaters cost approximately $20. If you have not yet supported the American Red Cross this year – please consider a donation for heaters or bring a new or unused heater to the chapter.” The heater program assists the elderly, disabled, chronically ill and families with young children during the winter months. Potential clients can either call the Red Cross themselves, or be referred by an agency, concerned friend, or family member. The heaters are provided to those who do not have heat within their homes, trailers and apartments. Specifically, this program serves: A.Elderly Citizens 62 years of age and older on a limited fixed income: Social Security, S.S.I, or pension. B.Disabled citizens whose only financial support is from disability income. C.Families with children under 6 years of age who have limited financial resources. D.Specified others who are chronically ill and suffering from the extreme heat, with no financial means of purchasing a fan. (A social worker must call Red Cross on client’s behalf.) Again, those wishing to support this service to the community may do so by bringing financial donations or a new or unused heater to the American Red Cross Chapter Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm.American Red Cross333 Earl GarrettKerrville, TX 78028(830) 257-4677 About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. The Hill Country Chapter serves over 105,000 people in eight counties: Blanco, Crockett, Gillespie, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard and Sutton.