PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Thousands of senior citizens in Northwest Florida struggle to heat their homes each winter according to Josh Newby with the Council on Aging.
Newby says the council is looking for donations of blankets and space heaters. He says they are in desperate need of help.
Mary Jane Walker is 63-years-old and lives in Pensacola with her six grandchildren. She had a stroke five years ago and she’s unable to work. She says she has no way to heat her home.
“You can see your breath blowing out, like white fog,” Walker said. “So I said it’s time for some change in this house.”
She says it’s hard to take care of her grandchildren when there’s no heat in the house.
“I told my grandchildren they have to go somewhere else to stay for a while,” Walker said.
Newby says if people want to help, they can also buy space heaters and drop them off at their office at 875 Royce Street in Pensacola. People can also donate on the Council on Aging website.
The Department on Aging is also accepting space heater and monetary donations.