HIGH POINT — As temperatures drop, the United Way of Greater High Point is cranking up its Gift of Warmth initiative, which collects and distributes heaters to help seniors and families who have emergency heating needs.

Heater distributions are set to begin Nov. 19 at the following sites:

• 10 a.m. to noon, Triad Food Pantry of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 279 Eastchester Drive.

• 1-2:30 p.m., West End Ministries, 903 English Road.

Those who need heaters are encouraged to arrive early so they can claim a heater while the supply is available. In addition, patrons must bring photo ID and live in High Point, Archdale, Trinity or Jamestown.

Social distancing practices will be observed, and face masks are required.

Antoine Dalton, social services director with The Salvation Army of High Point, said his organization looks forward to hosting the Gift of Warmth heater distribution in partnership with United Way.

“Many families that are facing financial hardships due to extreme utility bills are able to cut costs by heating areas of the home they are occupying,” Dalton said. “These space heaters will help warm a chilly room and compensate for energy-wasting problems such as a poorly maintained furnace, inadequate insulation or worn weather stripping.”

As additional funds and new heaters are donated, the United Way of Greater High Point will schedule more distribution events. For more information about becoming a heater distribution site, call the United Way at 336-883-4127.

Donors can deliver new heaters with UL safety listing, thermostat control and auto shut-off to the United Way office at 815 Phillips Ave. or make a monetary donation at www.unitedwayhp.org. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 21.