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SENIOR CITIZENS, OTHER VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE FREE WOOD TO KEEP HOME FIRES BURNING

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Worrying about the cold winter ahead? Wondering how you're going to fill the wood box? That dilemma will be solved for numerous families this month thanks to local senior citizens who are part of the RSVP, or the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

In preparation for national "Make A Difference Day" on Oct. 26 - the day set aside across the nation for "doing good" - senior citizens and other volunteers are collecting firewood to be distributed in Roosevelt and Vernal.The wood will be given away to those in need to help them heat their homes this winter. The project is the brainchild of the RSVP Advisory Council, which falls under the sponsorship of the Uintah Basin Association of Governments. All of the wood is being donated by Great Lake Timber in Lapoint and John Larsen Sawmill in Neola, said Kathy Jaeger, who works in community services for UBAOG.

"It's there for people who need assistance this winter," explained Jaeger.

Additional volunteers are needed to help the RSVP members pick up the wood from the sawmills and take it to the two distribution sites. Pickup trucks and a tractor saw are also needed. Those willing to help load and unload wood, or haul wood should contact Jaeger or Anna Whitmore at the UBAOG office at 722-4518.

Those in need of firewood to heat their homes this winter should also contact the UBAOG office so that demand for the fuel can be gauged and cords of firewood can be cut to fit various sizes of wood stoves and fireplaces. There is no official application form to fill out, says Jaeger.

"We would like to focus on the elderly and disabled as well as low-income residents," she stated.

The amount of wood distributed to each family will be based on need and other sources of heat in the home.

The firewood will be distributed Saturday, Oct. 26. The times and locations will be announced later.