Help Mary Stay Warm this Winter
$115 Raised
6% of $2k goal
4 contributors
2 Years running
This is the same as the gofundme campaign. This is through PayPal, so I hope those who were having problems with the other site, can use this site to donate. More ...


I am hoping that you will help me keep warm this winter, by donating through this site, so I can purchase kerosene to heat my house.

I have a rare progressive illness called Dercum's Disease, and because of this, I can no longer work.  So, I am now dependent of government assistance. Last year, I got $1200 in fuel assistance, and was able to get 3 crisis deliveries in the season.  I kept my thermostat at 55 or lower (I live in Vermont, USA where it is cold, and winter is at least 6 months long) and with 2.5 tanks of kerosene, I still ran out at the beginning of August.

This year, because of the cuts, I got $440 in fuel assistance and we can only have 1 crisis delivery this season.  A friend gave me 100 gallons in October, so all of this is 1.5 tanks.  I have also discovered that this year I cannot keep my thermostat at 55, because being cold is causing the pain to increase.  I have no other method of getting heat.  I have called churches, all my legislators and some service organizations, but they all say "I don't know what to tell you".

So, even though I feel like I am sinking to some kind of new low by coming here and asking for donations so I can purchase fuel, I have been reminded that what I am actually doing is taking care of myself in the best way I know how.

I have received some very generous donations on the gofundme site, and I will keep the running total on the gofundme page that shows the combination of donations made to that site, this one, as well as any others that may come to me.  So, thank you in advance.  I am very grateful for your kindness!!!

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