Charity Tries New Approach to Heating Assistance

"Our Daily Bread" opens crowdfunding site

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Dozens of struggling families in Fairfax County will be sleeping warmer these cold winter nights thanks to a new strategy by a local charity.

Our Daily Bread has opened a "crowdfunding" website to help pay heating bills for at least 75 families.

The campaign is called "Keep the Heat On."

There are more than 10,000 families in Fairfax County that live just above the poverty line.

The organization expects to help about 300 of them through its usual funding.

Families helped through the crowdfunding site would be in addition to those.

Lisa Whetzel, the executive director of Our Daily Bread, says every cent raised in the campaign will go directly toward paying heating bills.

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