SCANA "Good Neighbors" give food and toys to 600 needy families
Dec. 16, 2005 - For 600 needy families in the SCANA service territory, the holiday season was a little bit brighter this year, thanks to the generosity of SCANA employees and retirees. For a 23rd year, bags of food and toys were provided to local needy families just in time for Christmas as part of the annual Good Neighbor Fund Christmas project.

Food baskets and toys were assembled and delivered by employees, retirees and officers of SCANA to 50 families in the Triangle, N.C., region on Wednesday, Dec. 7; 50 families in the Gastonia, N.C., region on Thursday, Dec. 8; 250 families in the Lowcountry, S.C., region on Tuesday, Dec. 13; and 250 families in the Midlands, S.C., region on Thursday, Dec. 15.

"The gratitude of the families who receive these gifts is overwhelming," said Ted Jeffcoat, president of the Good Neighbor group. "Service to our communities is one of our core values, and our employees are committed to helping needy families in their communities."

Each year, approximately 600 families and individuals in the SCE&G service territory, and 100 families and individuals in the PSNC Energy service territory benefit from the holiday basket drive. Since 1983, more than 10,000 baskets have been delivered.

The SCANA Good Neighbor Fund provides financial assistance year-round to families in the company's service territory who are in need of help with living expenses such as groceries, mortgage or rent payments, doctor bills or prescription medications. All 100% of employee donations to the Good Neighbor Fund program go directly to those in need, and referrals are made solely by company employees