Donors can aid local philanthropist with project to help senior citizens
A Panola County man is asking for help from the community to purchase a wood splitter. Earl Burdette provides firewood for more than a half-dozen senior citizens in the county who heat their home primarily with wood. All the seniors are on fixed incomes, Burdette said.
Burdette has helped seniors during the cold weather for more than six years, and most of the wood has been split using a maul. “I am getting older,” said Burdette, who is 50. “I need a little mechanical help.”
He has located a gas-powered wood splitter at Tractor Supply for $1,100. He is looking for $10 donations, enough to cover the price of the splitter. The money will be channeled through a non-profit organization founded by Burdette, Senior Citizens Relief Fund.
One donor will be selected to receive free lawn care during 2013 from March 15 to November 15, up to three times per month for a lot of up to one acre. Another donor will be selected to receive a steak dinner for two at Como Steak House.
Burdette has also worked to help seniors in the hot summer months, providing window-unit air conditioners.
“The community has always stepped up to help me help others,” Burdette said. “The need is always there, and together we can make a difference,” Burdette reported.
Burdette also thanked Magnolia Rent All, who has donated the use of a wood splitter at times in the past.
Burdette also said Faheem and Saira Khan have agreed to provide gas for Burdette’s saws and splitter from their business, Como Quick Stop. Burdette does not make any money from his projects. All of the money raised with donations will be used for the splitter.
“We are not going to produce more tickets than what is needed to cover the cost of this project,” Burdette reported.
Tickets are available at The Panolian in Batesville and The Southern Reporter in Sardis.