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When the temperatures drop, the heat bill tends to rise. Thursday morning, help was offered to more than 250 people who needed a little help paying their power bills.

Some were in line as early as 3 a.m at Unionville Baptist church off Houston Avenue.

People knew the wait would be long, so they came with thick blankets, lawn chairs, and padded clothing.

Some took a number and were asked to come back later in the morning.

Christopher Ivory woke up four hours before starting time to make sure he would be one of the first through the door.

"My heating bill, it went from $104 to $304, less than a month, so I don't know how that happened," he said.

Daniel Telfer arrived with his sister.

"When you ain't got money to pay bills to keep the power on, to keep your children warm, it's important. You'll sacrifice what you can for your children," said Telfer.

If you missed Thursday's event, you have two more chances this month.

Saturday morning at the same location: Unionville Baptist church on Houston Avenue.

That begins at 7 p.m. and again in two weeks, on Jan. 30, also at 7 in the morning at Mount Lebanon church on Bloomfield drive.

Remember, you'll need your most recent power bill, proof of income, Social Security cards for all members of your household, and a valid photo ID.

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