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Hometown continues to warm homes, hearts
DIXFIELD- Last winter Hometown Energy placed their small town on the map when delivery driver and partner, Ike Libby refused to take an elderly couple’s title to their only vehicle in trade for an oil delivery. His actions set a chain of events in motion that not only helped to weatherize that couple’s home, but set up a fund that is carrying over kindness to those in need for this winter, too.
“There is roughly $80,000 in the fund that we set up as a result of all the money that came our way last year,” stated Libby. “We have no plans to ask for money to keep the account funded, but we will gladly accept donations.”
Since September, Libby stated that they have helped more than 100 people and spent thousands of dollars from the account. They have assisted other oil companies in the area with deliveries to their customers, but standing by their mission from last winter that they are not out to steal customers, Hometown just wants to help keep people warm who cannot afford to do it on their own.
In fact, Libby noted, “Our guidelines state that we won’t deliver to anyone outside of our greater River Valley area when it concerns these funds. Last week, we got a call from a lady in tears begging us to help a disabled veteran who couldn’t afford heating oil. We can’t ignore something like that. We had to step in.”
If you’re interested in reading the full story from last winter, visit http://www.rumfordfallstimes.com/featured/story/05-helping-hand-07.
If you would like to help keep a family warm this winter and funding the account, you can send a check or money order to Hometown Energy, P.O. Box 485, Dixfield, Maine 04224.