Winter is a difficult time for many people struggling on the North Fork, and Community Action Southold Town has been working for more than 50 years to help neighbors in need, particularly during the cold weather months.
On Feb. 15, CAST held its annual Have-A-Heart Dinner at Peconic Landing in Greenport to raise money for its winter emergency fund.
This year, CAST was able to give 700 gallons of fuel oil to families in need thanks to the generosity of Kara and Jeff Demarest of Hands Fuel Co., who received CAST’s inaugural “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Award” at the Have-A-Heart Dinner.
“With this “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Award, we want to recognize our community partners that help us achieve our mission and strive to make a strong, safe, and vibrant community for all to enjoy,” said CAST Executive Director Cathy Demeroto. “We cannot do it alone. Collaborating with community partners is essential to meet the need.”
In 2017, CAST also gave $11,000 in emergency assistance, which includes help with heat or electric bills, medical bills, car repairs, transportation needs and other expenses that arise with little or no warning, to community members in Southold.
The event was filled to near capacity at two seatings at 5 and 7 p.m.