Council on Aging in dire need of heaters for seniors

Northwest Florida

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — As the temperatures drop, some seniors in Northwest Florida are in need of heaters and a local organization is asking for donations. 

This winter season the Council on Aging of West Florida has given out more space heaters than ever before and they still get calls for help every day. 

“I don’t know what I would’ve done those cold days,” Ethel Stallworth said. 

The Council on Aging gave 80-year-old Stallworth space heaters and a blanket. 

“The heater has been a lot of help to me because my heat went out,” Stallworth said. 

The non-profit organization relies on donations and has given away more than 300 heaters since the beginning of November.

“If it’s a home that doesn’t have good insulation or doesn’t have a dependable heating source, it can get really dangerous really quick,” Council on Aging Marketing Director Josh Newby said. 

Demand is high but the supply is low. At times, the conference room was stacked to the ceiling with donated heaters but right now, there’s nothing, and people calling for help every day. 

“Twenty or thirty calls a day from seniors who don’t know what to do, who are freezing, shivering or are sometimes dangerously cold and we have to say I’m sorry please call back. We’ll help you as soon as we can,” Newby said. 

If you would like to donate, you can go buy a brand new heater and take it to the Council on Aging at 875 Royce Street right off of 9th Avenue or you can donate money and they will do the shopping.  

Anyone over the age of 60 in need can call (850) 432-1475 to request a space heater and verify they have some in stock before picking one up. 

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