WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry or WARM is heating up the Cape Fear this winter. WARM helps low-income, elderly and disabled residents in the area rebuild their homes and make their quality of life more livable.
Cold weather has forced residents without adequate heating systems out in the cold. Some resorted to heating their homes by using ovens and even hairdryers.
WARM's executive director Jeannie Cariker Skane says the ministry has seen a large request for help to heat homes and the community has jumped at the opportunity to help.
"In the last few weeks we've noticed a spike of applicants that needed heat," says Skane. "There's a lot of people in this town who don't have any heat so we looked at our waiting list which is over 100 people right now and we're trying to prioritize people who don't have heat at all and what we've done is take some space heaters out to their homes to keep them warm temporarily and we're raising money to repair their heating system which is a lot more expensive because we have to hire a contractor."
WARM is hosting a 5k run Saturday, January 1st, to help raise funds to replace faulty heating systems in homes. They say everyone is invited to participate.
For more information on the run and WARM visit their website.