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Heather Killen
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Wilmot woman warm again

Tammy Hazelton of Wilmot holds up the receipt for the $240 that is left over for living expenses after her rent is paid.

Tammy Hazelton, of Wilmot, may be warm again but she’s not quite out of the woods.

Nova Scotia Power shut off her electricity early last month when she couldn’t keep up with the payments. She is on a monthly payment plan, but some of her electric bills went over budget and she soon fell behind in the account.

With no money, no food, no heat and temperatures dropping, Hazelton and her roommate who are both on fixed benefits were desperate for help. Many people have stepped up to help and while the immediate crisis is being addressed, Hazelton is now trying to find an affordable place to live.

She is trying to find a place that allows pets and is somewhere along the bus route between Kingston and Kentville, where the electricity and heat rent is included in the rent.

Dale Clark, of the Kingston Lions Club, said his group is working with Kings West MLA Leo Glavine to assist Hazelton and her roommate get the power turned back on within the next few days.

“We’re hopeful it will be turned on within the next 48 hours,” he said. “I took her up to the food bank last night, so she has food again and we also provided her with a propane tank, so she has heat again.”

Clark, who organizes the emergency health and welfare services for the Kingston Lions, says every year the club helps an average of between 25 and 30 families in emergency situations when they need electricity, food or heating oil.

“This year there is more need, it’s been really cold earlier than usual,” he said. “We’ve already had a number of calls, I’s been busy.”

The club holds various fundraisers throughout the year and all the money they raise goes back to the community, part of these funds are directed towards helping people like Hazelton in emergency situations.

People needing help, or wanting to offer help can call the Kingston Lions Club at 765-2128

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Kingston Lions Club

Geographic location: Kingston, Kentville

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