LEICESTER, Mass. – Leicester Hearts For Heat nearly ran its funds dry last winter to provide fuel to help neighbors stay warm, and this Saturday the organization will once again prepare for the cold season ahead with a toll road in the center of town and in Rochdale.
The Annual Leicester Hearts for Heat Toll Road will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, and is a vital fundraiser to help bolster the organization's ability to help neighbors in need.
The Leicester chapter of Hearts For Heat was started by resident Deborah Antanavica, who was grateful to the Greater Worcester Community Foundations Leicester Savings Bank Grant for its $5,000 donation to help start its 2012-2013 winter season.
"They were very generous and it will make a big difference to our residents, said Antanavica, who also wanted to thank the Leicester Lions Club for its $400 donation.
"These two donations give us a great start since we ran our funds down to almost nothing last year, providing 3,769 gallons of fuel for heat," said Antanavica.
In addition to this weekend's toll road, at the Leicester Harvest Fair on Saturday, Sept. 15, Hearts for Heat will sell balloons to further raise funds, and will also be at the Leicester High Arts Club Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.
To learn more about the Leicester chapter of Hearts for Heat, or its other chapters in Princeton, North Brookfield and Spencer, visit the group’s website.