ONCE again, Northern Tasmania has banded together to raise much-needed funds for the state's disadvantaged.
In its 55th year, The Examiner Winter Relief Appeal has raised $50,000 to distribute evenly between the St Vincent de Paul Society, Benevolent Society, City Mission and The Salvation Army.
Reports of power bills up to $11,000 indicate the difficulty some people have living through the cooler months.
Benevolent Society chief executive John Stuart said donations would assist with utility costs, nappies and general needs.
St Vincent de Paul Northern area manager Jane Bowles said the organisation would use the funds to distribute food parcels and assist with its Fresh Start financial literacy program.
People actively trying to improve their lives and those in urgent situations would benefit from The Salvation Army, team leader Anita Reeve said.
``They've got a bit of a plan with how they're going to improve their lives,'' she said.
The Examiner marketing manager Karen Stallard thanked the community for its support.
``It's been a long, cold, wet winter, $50,000 goes a long way to helping people find it a little easier,'' she said.
City Mission chief executive Stephen Brown, who said the charity would help people with large utility bills and food, thanked the community and The Examiner for its continued support.