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"Secret Santa" raises $167,900 to keep the lights on for families in need

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A "Secret Santa" raised $167,900 from friends, which has been contributed to a fund at MetMin, Metropolitan Ministries to prevent electric customers in the Chattanooga area from being disconnected for non-payment through the end of the year. 

According to Rebecca Whelchel, executive director of MetMin, these Secret Santa givers were concerned about people who have to make hard choices at Christmas time, Many people in our community can’t afford their most basic living expenses,” Whelchel said. “Thanks to the incredible generosity of this group of donors, thousands of people who are waiting for their power to
be cut off will have a much happier holiday.”

EPB projects about 3, 675 people living in as many as 1, 500 households will benefit from the contribution.At the request of the anonymous donors, the
fund will be prioritized to prevent disconnects for first-time non-payment as well as seniors and others with special needs, but EPB officials hope the fund will cover the cost of everyone who can’t afford to pay their bill
during the holidays.
Donations to the MetMin “Stay Connected” fund may be made securely on line
at here.

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