Atmos Matches Charitable Funds - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/13/06

Atmos Matches Charitable Funds

Atmos is making an effort to help customers pay their utility bills. Monday, the natural gas company announced that it will match donations to its "Share the Warmth" program up to $50,000. Customers have an opportunity to contribute to the program each time they pay their bill. The money collected goes to five local organizations that provide utility bill assistance.

Atmos Director of Public Affairs Dan Alderson says, "Sometimes it's hard for them to pick up the phone or drive across town or you know, if they just talk to their neighbors and tell their neighbors to call us. You know, get somebody in contact with us and we will do everything we can on an individual basis to work with each individual customer."

This effort comes three weeks after a Lubbock elderly couple was found dead in their central Lubbock home. The two froze to death after going months without any working utilities. Eight days after the discovery, the City of Lubbock made a $30,000 donation to two local organizations that help residents pay their utility bills.

If you are in need of help, you can contact Lutheran Social Services at (806) 741-0459 or Catholic Family Services at (806) 765-8475 for more information.

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