Piedmont couple struggles to heat home during cold snap

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TRINITY, N.C. -- These cold nights are even colder for so many families in the Piedmont who can't afford to heat their homes.

Miriam Epperson and John Cardwell live in Trinity. The couple depends on an electrical space heater and bundling up to stay warm throughout the nights. "If the power goes out we have no heat, just blankets," explains Miriam Epperson, who doesn't have heat in her home.

The couple is on a fixed income and heating just doesn't make the cut. "You have to choose between eating and heating, and you know which one will have to come first, eating," explains Epperson.

Epperson says that during the days isn't too bad, the chill comes with the night. She says the temperature in her home has gotten down to 38 degrees, but the average is around 48 degrees during the night.

The couple did have a propane tank, but used it up a couple weeks ago when we had those single degree temperatures.

Despite the cold nights and adding on layers, the two say they're blessed.

"I’ve got a roof over my head. I'm not out here totally freezing; at least I have a little heat. Thank the good Lord," says Epperson.

Even though financial help is limited the couple did say they're gotten help from local organizations when they needed it.

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