17th Annual Heat the Town Saturday October 28, 2017
Every year there are many deaths in our country related to faulty heating systems or to the lack of heating all together. Whether the cause is carbon monoxide leakage, gas leakage in a confined space, or simply the lack of funds to afford repairs, our communities are faced with the grim results year after year. The fact is that a majority of these heating related casualties could be prevented with a simple and thorough heating check in the fall. However, the elderly and/or disabled, low income homeowner, living on a fixed income must make a critical choice: food and medicine or a heat check service call.
Every winter some Lubbock residents survive without heat. Their heating units need repairs that they just can’t afford, so they resort to using their cook stoves or barbecue grills to heat their homes. For the 17th year in a row, our members have joined together on an annual project called “Heat the Town” to assist those who need a safe way to stay warm.
On Saturday, October 28th, heating and air conditioning contractors and other businesses made an impact by donating time, money and materials to make free repairs for people in need. On this one day only, service technicians headed out to prepare 67 homes for the winter ahead. This was the 17th year SP-TACCA members came together to “Heat the Town”. Money raised during the year from our fundraisers, such as the Ken Wood Memorial Golf Tournament, and our Sporting Clay Tournament, provide funding to replace faulty heaters when needed. Our Associate Members provide parts and equipment at reduced or no cost. South Plains Association of Governments Area Agency on Aging SPAG-AAA will field the calls from homeowners and if they qualify, provide us with a list of names and addresses. Jerry Stewart, Pastor of Lone Star Cowboy Church, showed up early on Saturday to meet with our folks and pray for everyone's safety during this event. Marvin White, White Service Company President and CEO, provides breakfast burritos for everyone. You do not have to be a member to help with this worthwhile project. Simply call our office and let us know you want to help. We need service techs, parts runners, helpers, and of course, donations of any kind are appreciated. Pam or Ginny will answer any questions you may have. We can use all the help we can get. There are so many people who need help and we cannot get to them all, but we do the best we can. Come join us each October. It will bless your socks off of you!!
Check out the pictures from our Heat the Town 2017!