A sweet season of giving at CPS Energy

T’was the holiday season, and throughout CPS Energy many team members were busy serving generously.

They collected toys and gifts for kids of all ages and helped build homes in various stages.

They organized thousands of meals at the food bank in style, delivered warm meals to seniors with smiles.

They brightened the holidays while wearing orange volunteer shirts all because they loved putting People First!

Powering the twinkling lights on your tree is not the only way we like to keep the holidays bright. Along with making sure our customers have safe, reliable and affordable power, hundreds of our team members have been putting their energy into volunteer projects to make the holidays brighter for families in our community.

Last week, our team members delivered bags of toys for more than 960 kids they’ve collected over the last few weeks for Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Each year, employees select Angel Tree tags for one or several children and purchase items from their wish lists. The Angel Tree program benefits thousands of local families that can’t afford gifts and makes dreams come true for more than 8,000 children. We also sent volunteers to help out in the Salvation Army toy shop. Team members turn into Santa’s elves, assembling toys and organizing all kinds of gifts that will bring laughter and joy to kids on Christmas morning.

Many teams around the Company have enjoyed showing the spirit of giving by supporting nonprofits that provide basic needs like food, housing and clothing. During the holiday season, several groups like the Gas Delivery team have organized teambuilding activities to make a difference in our community. Recently, they helped our community fight hunger by organizing and sorting items at the San Antonio Food Bank. About 30 volunteers spent several hours sorting more than 15,500 pounds of food, enough for about 12,000 meals.

During the week of Thanksgiving, dozens of team members showed their gratitude for our community by helping with preparations for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. Before celebrating a nice Thanksgiving meal at home, some team members volunteered with their families to deliver warm turkey dinners to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels.

The North Pole may be too far away to lend a hand at Santa’s workshop, but our volunteers were glad to use their handy skills to make dreams come true here at home. About 70 volunteers grabbed saws, hammers, shovels and paint brushes to work on customers’ homes in a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. Our Technical Services Distribution team tests transformers and other utility equipment before installation to make sure customers have reliable power flowing to their homes. Last month, they applied different skills to attach siding, build fences, paint walls and plant trees to get homes in Lenwood Heights ready for move-in day before Thanksgiving.

For many team members, our customers are also our neighbors. It makes the season of giving even sweeter, knowing that we’re making the holidays a little brighter for our community. As the year comes to a close, we want to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to serving you and your family in 2019 and continue putting People First!

Sam Taylor

Sam is part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

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