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THAW Radiothon Today Will Help Metro Detroit’s Most Vulnerable

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Food and water are essential to life, and there’s a third element with which all of metro Detroit is familiar — the need for heat.

When the February winds start whipping, having a snug place that’s warm and dry is the difference between life and death. And that’s where THAW comes in.

Since its inception in 1985, THAW — The Heat And Warmth Fund — has distributed more than $110 million in assistance to more than 160,000 Michigan households.

WWJ 950 will spur donations with a live THAW Radiothon 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Check www.CBSDetroit.com throughout that time for constant updates on the amount of money raised, the people pitching in, and those gratefully accepting help.

The need keeps growing, with the number of households that require utility assistance continuing to grow each year. Last year THAW distributed $8.6 million in energy assistance to 9,000 Michigan households.

Recipients of THAW assistance include the elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled people who found themselves in temporary crisis.

Get information about donating HERE.

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