Tonight, hundreds of Bibb County residents are already at Saint Paul AME Church hoping to ease some financial burdens this winter. Starting at 7:30 tomorrow morning, the Equal Opportunity Council is taking applications for energy bill assistance, but only 250 will be accepted.
Joseph Graham joined the line just after 7:30 pm.
"I thought I was early," says Graham.
When he arrived, he was the 223rd person waiting for assistance. He's one of hundreds back in line this year, hoping the E.O.C. will help him pay his bill. Macon resident Emma Lue Flowers is also seeking help for a second time. Flowers arrived just after 8:30 Monday morning to secure her spot in line, "I'm number one, numero uno."
Some in line behind her aren't even seeking assistance for themselves. One camper, Louise Enos, is waiting for her 86 year old neighbor who is housebound. "She needs the money, so to me, it's worth it."
Tomorrow, isn't the only day you can get assistance. For more information on dates and times to apply for help with your energy bill, you can contact the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council at (478) 738-3240.