SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Despite the unseasonably warm winter, Shrewsbury Oil Assistance Relief (SOAR) has seen an increase in requests for assistance and is in need of additional donations to continue helping residents in need.
"The decrease in Federal Fuel Assistance coupled with the poor economy has lead to a very substantial increase in the number of people seeking emergency aid," said John Masiello, one of the SOAR organizers. "SOAR is running out of money very quickly. We will be unable to make any further oil deliveries within the next couple of weeks without your help."
SOAR, which started three years based on the idea that with oil prices rising some residents would be out in the cold, provides 75 gallons of oil for residents with emergent need. They have helped over 100 local families to date with donated funds.
"We have made an effort not to over fund raise so as not to cut into any of the other worthy charities which we all support here in Shrewsbury. That has proven to be a tactical mistake this year," Masiello said. "We hope that we can count on your continued generous support so that our neighbors are not left in the cold this winter."
If you'd like to donate to SOAR, you can send checks to Shrewsbury Oil Assistance Relief (SOAR): C/O Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, 240 Maple Ave. All donations are tax deductible.