In July the Salvation Army helped nearly 250 people pay their utility bills through the "Summer Heat Initiative" program. During the week of August 22nd, the Salvation Army plans to help hundreds more pay for their summer utility expenses.
Eloise Bass looks good for 75 years-old, but she says she's got a handful of medical issues underneath the surface and not enough money to pay the bills.
Bass says, "I would really love to go to the doctor and everything, but they told me I have to have the money to pay when I get there."
In addition to her medical expenses, Bass needs help paying for her utility bills. She's one of hundreds scheduled this week to receive some financial relief through the Salvation Army's "Summer Heat Initiative" program.
Captain Ken Chapman, the area coordinator for the Salvation Army of Greater Jackson says, "we're just grateful that we have the money to be able to give out and to be able to make this community a better place."
The "Summer Heat Initiative" program can help seniors, foster parents and those with disabilities who live in the tri-county area pay their current gas and electric bills. During the first round of the program in July, about $65,000 in federal and private funds was spent to help those in need.
"We have over 300 scheduled for this week, we'll be able to take that many again in September, there's been a great response to this of course because of the heat we've had to deal with this summer," says Chapman.
If you are able to make an appointment through the "Summer Heat Initiative" program, you will need to show proof of residency, bring I. D. with your age and of course your utility bills.
Chapman says, "it's a painless process, takes about five to six minutes and you're in and out and we get pledges to pay your energy bills and you can buy food and medicine and live a better life."
After the appointment Bass says she'll still need help paying her bills, but is thankful for the bit of relief she received. "I really need help real bad and I don't have anyone to help me," says Bass.
Appointments for this week are full. However, you can contact the Salvation Army to schedule an appointment for the week of September 12th. You must call to make an appointment. The Salvation Army's phone number is 601-982-4881.
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