BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - People gathered around an enormous mock-up check in front of the City Club in Town Square of Baton Rouge Wednesday to accept a check for more than $2 million. The check from Entergy was presented to the Power to Care Fund.
The donation is earmarked for helping senior citizens who struggle to pay their utility bill.
Entergy, the massive utility company, delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in four states, and almost 200,000 natural gas customers in just Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Linda Vaughn, an Entergy customer was invited for the check presentation because it will help her greatly. Vaughn did a little happy dance before she repeated "Thank you" three times!
"I'm on a lot of medication," she said. "I have to pay co-pays now, and doctor bills. It's just a big help and I can even give my grandchildren something now!"
Captains Brett and Mary Meredith of the Baton Rouge Salvation Army were part of the receiving end of the check presentation. The social services of the Salvation Army help people of all ages.
Donald Clement, another Entergy customer displaying the benefit of the donation, has worked with the Salvation Army to get food ever since Clement was sidelined from working by disability.
"When I need food, the Salvation Army has helped me. I have lots of bills, I deal with doctors bills…"
Clement expressed relief as well about the great weight of debt for utility expenses being lifted from his shoulders.
"God bless Entergy, the Council on Aging and The Salvation Army!" Clement exclaimed.
Entergy CEO May says the company never wants someone to be left without fans in the summer, heat in the winter. It's that vast need among seniors that led to today's donation.
May said, "This program helps those people make ends meet, so they continue to have electricity in their house and provide for their basic needs. Seniors can look for information from Entergy Power to Care department, from their parish Council on Aging, the Salvation Army's social services, and other community aid organizations.