Mercer Salvation Army helping youngsters

MERCER – The Mercer Salvation Army Service Unit is accepting applications until Nov. 18 for Christmas toys and non-perishable food for children 13 and under.

Applicants must live in the 16137 ZIP code, meet certain income criteria and provide related documents, and provide children’s birth certificates.

Applicants must also not be currently participating in another Salvation Army gift program, and food can be given to families not currently being assisted by a food pantry. Info: Call 724-893-6031.

Peoples Gas customers can apply for help

Peoples Gas is reminding its customers about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP.

LIHEAP is a federally funded grant program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that helps income-eligible families pay winter heating costs.

Grants are also available for residents without heat or in danger of being without heat. Funds are applied directly to the customer’s utility bill.

Customers who qualify for LIHEAP can also benefit from Peoples’ Customer Assistance Program, which can provide lower monthly bills year-round, and for other grants and programs.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-400-WARM (9276). 

Pa. veterans can apply for financial aid

Eligible Pennsylvania veterans and their beneficiaries who face an unexpected financial need for necessities like food, shelter, fuel and clothing can find help through the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Temporary Assistance program.

Veterans may be able to receive up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and discharged under honorable conditions, died in service or killed in action, or suffered a service-connected disability.

To apply, contact the county veterans affairs director in your county.

Info: Visit


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