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Getting homes winter ready

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

With winter weather approaching, many are taking the time now to get their homes prepared, like 78-year-old Arlene Lee.

"I used to be so active, and do all the outside work myself, but can't, it just comes to an end," said Lee of Dubuque.

That's why she's more than thankful for volunteers, helping in her home. Nearly 300 of them are going through town helping the elderly, people with disabilities and veterans get their homes ready for the upcoming winter season.

"Well I was just glad it could be done now because later on like you say it does get cold," she said.

Some homes are getting help with outside projects, while others are indoors. Volunteers applying plastic to windows, weatherizing homes to make sure cold wind won't creep in.

As this year's winter outlook by NOAA predicts we could see periods of colder but also warmer weather, and equal chances of a snowy or dryer winter, it's best to take the time now and prepare for the winter season. 

The 300 volunteers made it to 65 homes today. They also passed out energy savings kits.

This marks the tenth year for the volunteer project. It's part of the Andrew Connolly Make A Difference Day.

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