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  Please consider a gift in any amount to help a Rhode Island family stay warm this winter.

Monday, November 9 – 11:00 A.M.
Saint Raphael Academy
43 Maynard Street, Pawtucket

(PAWTUCKET) – The Diocese of Providence is launching a fast and easy way for donors to help Rhode Islanders stay warm this winter.  Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will kick off the annual ‘Keep the Heat On’ heating assistance program with the launch of Text-to-Give initiative for the campaign.

This method of giving is done simply by using a mobile devise and texting HEAT to 27722 to donate $10; to donate $25, text HEATRI to the same number 27722.

“We hope that this new initiative will help increase donations for this very important program,” said Bishop Tobin.  “I pray that the Rhode Island community will again support this worthy effort to help those in need keep the heat on this winter.”

St. Ray’s students will join Bishop Tobin in the Navigant Credit Union Gallery, Joseph and Blanche Coutu Theater for the presentation.

Rhode Islanders who need heating assistance may call 401.421.7833 x207 or log onto www.heatri.com for additional information or to apply online. Applicants must demonstrate ineligibility for other federal, state and private assistance. All inquiries are confidential. Those who wish to make a donation by check to Keep the Heat On, One Cathedral Square, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, or visit www.heatri.com and use the secure web server for credit card donations.

Since it was established in 2005, ‘Keep the Heat On’ has provided more than $2 million in heating assistance to more than 9,500 Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of assistance.  The program is funded by grants from the Catholic Charity Appeal and donations from generous individuals and businesses who believe that no Rhode Island family should be forced to live without heat during the winter months.

The media is invited to cover this special event.

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