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Dead River Company

Dead River Company

March 04, 2011 14:57 ET

Dead River Company and United Way Announce Share the Warmth Fundraising Campaign to Collect Donations for Fuel Assistance to Help New Hampshire Families

Dead River Company to Match Every Dollar Donated by Individuals and Businesses up to $100,000

MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - Dead River Company and United Way today announced the launch of Share the Warmth, a campaign to raise funds for fuel assistance for families and individuals across New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. Share the Warmth is Dead River Company's giving platform and fuel assistance is one initiative the company regularly supports. This fundraising effort, which targets individuals and businesses, will conclude on March 18th and Dead River Company will match every dollar collected up to $100,000. United Way will collect all donations online through www.deadriver.com/sharethewarmth or via checks and distribute to the agencies that provide fuel assistance in the three states. Individuals in need of information about fuel assistance should call 2-1-1 New Hampshire.

"New Hampshire is fortunate to have many good corporate neighbors willing to give back to the people and communities of this state. This program is another example of businesses reaching out to help their neighbors in times of need," Gov. John Lynch said.

Throughout Northern New England, a particularly cold winter and an already challenging economic environment have hit families and individuals hard and left them struggling to pay their fuel bills. With several months of cold weather ahead and rapidly depleting fuel assistance funds, the need for fuel assistance is great. In New Hampshire, almost 1 in 10 households is seeking assistance according to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. New Hampshire 2-1-1 reports that calls for fuel assistance have jumped more than 60% since this time last year and that during the recent cold period call levels rose dramatically reaching 63% from December to January. 

"When you look at these statistics, it becomes clear any one of us could have a friend, a family member, an acquaintance or a neighbor who needs help fueling their home to stay warm and we may not even know it," said Bob Moore, president and CEO of Dead River Company. "Across our company's footprint, we're seeing dedicated fuel assistance drying up in many counties. With another six weeks of winter to go and a need to heat homes, we asked ourselves as a company what we could do to make a difference."

Moore continued: "Dead River Company has a long history of supporting the communities we serve so we reached out to United Way and asked them to collaborate with us. Our hope is that through donations by businesses and individuals to Share the Warmth, we will fill some of the unmet needs of New Hampshire families."

United Way will collect all donations and distribute the funds weekly to the organizations and agencies that can best deliver the assistance to those in need. Families and individuals needing information about fuel assistance should call 2-1-1 New Hampshire.

"This partnership is an effective way to support our friends, neighbors, and family members right here in New Hampshire," said Patrick Tufts, president & CEO of Granite United Way. "This winter has taken its toll on many of them and we are thrilled that Dead River Company is stepping up in this important way."

Donations can be made in the following ways: online at www.deadriver.com/sharethewarmth; through checks mailed to Share the Warmth, c/o United Way of Greater Portland, P.O. Box 15200, Portland, ME 04112, or dropped off at any local Dead River Company office. All checks should be made payable to the United Way of Greater Portland with Share the Warmth noted on the check.

About Dead River Company
Founded in 1909 by Charles Hutchins, Dead River Company originated in the forest products industry, along the banks of the Dead River, from which the company took its name. Today, Dead River Company is one of the largest distributors of petroleum products in Northern New England. The company's offerings include a variety of petroleum products on both the wholesale and retail levels, including home heating oil, propane, kerosene, diesel fuel and gasoline. Energy professionals provide 24-hour emergency response service, as well as energy-efficient heating system design, installation and maintenance to help meet customers' fuel conservation goals. Dead River Company also operates a chain of convenience stores in Maine. The company's Dead River Properties division is actively engaged in commercial real estate, developing, owning and managing a large portfolio of properties from Maine to Florida. For more information, visit www.deadriver.com.

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