BANGOR (AP) – Irving Oil is donating $100,000 worth of heating oil to a public-private fund that provides emergency heating aid to Maine residents.

The Keep ME Warm program will distribute the funds to local agencies to help citizens with heating assistance.

Gov. John Baldacci accepted a ceremonial check Friday in Bangor.

With cold temperatures and heavy snow making for an early winter, Baldacci says some people in the state are struggling to stay warm and that Irving’s donation will bring some relief.

Irving’s Darren Gillis says the company wanted to help when it heard of the plight of some Maine families.

Congress is providing its support as well. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program would get roughly $409 million more in a year-end budget bill Congress is expected to approve.

Fuel aid advocates praised the increase, but warned it won’t be enough to keep pace with record home heating oil prices, particularly in the Northeast.

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