International horror author and part-time Maine resident Stephen King has created a donation opportunity which would benefit Maine’s elderly and underprivileged residents. In collaboration with the three Bangor, Maine, radio stations, King announced over the airwaves that his goal was to raise $140,000 over the next few weeks.
Rather than ask for Maine residents to scratch up the $140,000 all by themselves, King is actually matching all of the profits donated to the cause. If Maine’s residents were to raise half of the total amount – $70,000 – King would donate the rest.
The donation opportunity arose after federal funding cuts affected heating programs serving residents who are poor, disabled, or elderly. Rather than receiving the usual $55.6 million from the federal government, Maine only received $23 million.
“This economy is terrible and Tabitha and I both worry so much about Bangor because it truly is a working-class town,” King told Bangor Daily News. “We are always looking for ways to help, and right now this is a great need.”
As long as Maine’s residents open their wallets to their neighbors, even if it is only $1, Stephen and Tabitha King will help bring the donation home, literally.
Since Stephen King has helped inspire so many Halloween props and decorations, we wish him the best of luck with his charitable endeavor. (He may even see an anonymous donation from a certain Halloween superstore.)