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ABC6 & Petro Oil Launch Operation Warm Home

January 24, 2011

As a dangerous arctic wave settles over New England, WLNE-TV / ABC6 and Petro oil are combining resources to come to the aid of Southern New Englanders who are unable to heat their homes. Prompted by emails and calls from viewers looking for help, the station launched Operation: Warm Home, a program that helps people and companies donate unused home heating oil to their neighbors who urgently need it.

“Forecasts are for low temperatures between five and ten below zero,” said Steve Doerr, Vice President and General Manager of WLNE/ABC-6. “People need help and they need it now.

Operation: Warm Home, is our program to get them enough oil to get through the next few days.”

In recent days, ABC-6 has been sharing stories of families from throughout Southern New England who cannot afford to heat their homes in a battered economy. These stories have resonated with ABC-6 viewers. “We have received a tremendous response to these stories, and people want to get involved,” Doerr said. “Of course, Petro Oil makes the whole thing possible. Operation: Warm Home can only happen with the resources of a community-oriented home heating oil company, and Petro really stepped up.”

“Sometimes you need to go beyond informing viewers and take an active role in making their lives better,” Dan Fabrizio, WLNE/ABC6 News Director stated. “For instance, there's a single mom of twin boys in Johnston who was trying to heat her apartment with her stove. Now she has heating oil and a warm apartment on the coldest weekend in six years.”

“We are grateful to our community partner Petro Oil,” Doerr stated. “They have provided a way for the generous donations of our viewers to warm the homes of those in need.”

If you would like to help or are in need of help, contact the station at [email protected]

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