Can you imagine using sunflower stalks to help heat your home? In Romania, this is a reality when wood is not readily available or affordable. Cutting wood is not an option for many either. It is illegal to cut wood in Romania, even on your own property, without a special permit from forest officials.

Most of the people living in villages use firewood to heat their homes. But each winter families need as much as $700 (USD) worth of firewood—a price that is unaffordable for many rural Romanians.

Craciun Virag (pictured) is a deaf widow who has difficulty walking because of back problems. Providing for herself is not easy. The stove and money she received through the Warm-A-Family program will help keep her warm this winter.

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