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Event Raises $315,000 to Help Keep Families Warm This Winter

Dollar Energy Fund's "Cool Down for Warmth" event raised the funds to bring the gift of warmth to families in need.

Hundreds of families will be able to keep warm this winter, thanks to "Cool Down for Warmth," a two-day event in Pittsburgh, PA organized by Dollar Energy Fund.

"Cool Down for Warmth" provides assistance to Western Pennsylvania families who are struggling to afford their utility bills as the temperature outside keeps falling. This year's event will assist approximately 877 families in need, thanks to the sponsors and individual donors who helped raise over $315,000.

Images: Dollar Energy Fund - Facebook

The centerpiece of this event was the giant ice house constructed in Pittsburgh's Market Square, built entirely out of solid blocks of ice in order to "raise funds and awareness for the thousands of families in our region without heat-related utility service," according to Dollar Energy Fund. When it was first constructed in 2015, the ice house was only a one-room structure, but the house has grown more elaborate each year. This year's house even included an ice bathroom - ice toilet and all.

Images: Dollar Energy Fund - Facebook

Dollar Energy Fund has been in operation since 1983, providing over $150 million dollars in grants to more than half a million families. They provide a dollar-for-dollar match from partnering utility companies for every donation they receive, allowing each individual donation to stretch farther.

How can you start something good?

While this year's "Cool Down for Warmth" event has ended, there is still an opportunity for you to help out! If you would like to donate to help families in need stay warm this winter, click here.

To contribute directly to Dollar Energy Fund, click here.

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