ELLSWORTH — Temperatures on Friday touched the fifty degree mark.
Some people on Branch Lake thought that was warm enough for a quick swim — for a cause.
Between Thanksgiving Day and Friday, the Liberatore family of Hampden raised $6,500 for the Maine Veterans Project’s heating fuel program.
According to the group’s president this is the largest single donation the group has received.
R.H. Foster has teamed up with the Maine Veterans Project to provide heating fuel for disabled vets dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.
“Normally, we are well into February fund raising for this particular campaign. It’s very stressful,” said Doc Goodwin, president of the vet organization. “The need is usually more abundant than the budget. And this year we actually have more budget than need currently. So I think we’re going to be able to deliver thousands of gallons of heating fuel this season alone.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the MVP or who knows a veteran in need can check out the group’s website, maineveteransproject.org.