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Space heater donations needed in Fannin County

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FANNIN COUNTY -- With temperatures dropping this week, a Texoma organization is hoping to connect families in need with heat.

Every year, the Fannin County Family Crisis Center holds a space heater donation drive. Every year, it gives dozens away. But so far, reaching that goal again this year is shaping up to be a challenge.

With lows in Texoma in the 40's overnight, then the mid-30's on Thursday, the list of people requesting a space heater from the Fannin County Family Crisis Center is getting longer.

"We have about 42 people on our waiting list," advocate Trena Campbell said.

Campbell works at the center which is organizing the donation drive to provide families in need with heat.

The center accepts space heaters as donations, then gives them out to families who request them.

The problem is, so far this year, the center has yet to receive a single donation for the drive.

"We have no heaters at this time, we have not received any donations at this time," she said. "Last year, we gave out 56 heaters but this year we have none." Campbell said requests from 19 families went unfilled last winter.

Campbell says many requests come from senior citizens who can't afford to pay high electric bills.

At a store in Denison, we found the price of space heaters ranged between $36 and $80.

"That's a lot for someone that's barely affording to make their payments on their house or their car, or their medicine," Campbell said.

Space heater donations can be dropped off at the Fannin County Family Crisis Center located at 118 East Sam Rayburn Drive in downtown Bonham.

They can also be dropped off at the Bonham Police Department located at 301 East 5th Street in Bonham.

The center will even purchase the heater for you if you prefer to drop off a check.

"You're going to help someone be warm and it warms your heart to know that you've kept somebody else warm for this winter," Campbell said.