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Senior firewood program seeks helpers, donations

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Home heating costs are rising with the increased costs of gas and electricity. Many seniors and disabled people in the Lake Tahoe Basin have wood stoves, but do not have access to firewood at a reasonable rate.

Many also are on fixed incomes, which makes the increased heating costs economically devastating. There are, however, large amounts of wood that could be provided to seniors and the disabled from the forest thinning projects now being conducted around the basin. This project is intended to furnish free firewood for the disabled and/or senior citizens of the South Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Nevada Fire Safe Council has set aside dozens of cords of firewood from a forest thinning project at Rubicon Bay. We have been fortunate to have members of the Boy Scouts and Turning Point volunteer to help load, unload and stack the wood when delivered.

We are actively trying to get volunteers to either help split wood or deliver wood. We need splitters and drivers to deliver the firewood.

Since this is a nonprofit project, we are also trying to raise $2,500 to cover fuel costs for dump trucks needed for transportation from the project site to the staging area. Joe Benigno’s Tree Service is providing splitting and storage area for this project.

Designated areas covered by this project are Round Hill to Stateline and South Lake Tahoe to Meyers.

If you can volunteer your time and/or make a donation, or if you are disabled and/or on a fixed income, call Dee Nangle at (530) 541-8313.

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