Gastonia, N.C., December 1, 2006 - PSNC Energy is marking its 24th year of sponsoring The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund by contributing $40,000 to the program, which provides assistance to needy, disabled and elderly individuals who need help in paying their energy bills. The natural gas utility has also earmarked an additional $20,000 to match donations from PSNC Energy customers and the general public.
“Energy costs are certainly lower this fall compared to last year, but many folks will still be struggling to make ends meet,” said PSNC Energy President and Chief Operating Officer Rusty Harris. “Our Heat Care contribution along with our customers’ generous donations will help many low-income families keep their heat on this winter.”
The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund was initiated by PSNC Energy in 1983 as a partnership between the utility and The Salvation Army. Funds are distributed by local Salvation Army agencies to needy residents living in PSNC Energy’s service territory - regardless of the type of fuel they use. More than $1 million has been disbursed since the program began.
"We appreciate the ongoing support of PSNC Energy and its customers as we continue our shared mission of helping the less fortunate stay warm," said Major Vern Jewett, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in North and South Carolina.
PSNC Energy customers can contribute to Heat Care by either requesting to have a specific donation amount added to their monthly natural gas bill or by including a separate check -- made payable to The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund -- with their monthly natural gas bill payment. Heat Care donation forms are available at www.psncenergy.com, but anyone can donate to the fund by mailing a check made payable to The Salvation Army Heat Care Fund to: Heat Care Fund, c/o PSNC Energy, P.O. Box 1398, Gastonia, NC 28053. All donations are tax deductible.
PSNC Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of SCANA Corporation, is franchised to serve a 28-county service area in North Carolina and distributes natural gas to more than 430,000 winter-peak customers in 96 cities and communities ranging from the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill areas in the north central part of the state; the Concord, Statesville, Gastonia and Forest City areas in the Piedmont; to the Asheville, Hendersonville and Sylva areas in the western part of the state.