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Salvation Army, Consumers Energy Enter 21st Year Of Helping Others With PeopleCare

Submitted by: CMS Energy Corporation

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Dec 26, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Dec. 26 /CSRwire/ - JACKSON, MI, -- The ailing economy could soon wash away the joy of the holidays for many Michigan families struggling on the edge
of survival.

These families know their efforts to build a better life can be derailed by an unexpected layoff, a cut in pay or hours, or even a trip to the emergency room with a sick child.

Sometimes, they need only a little bit of help to make ends meet and stay self-sufficient: A bottle of medicine. A bag of groceries. A tank of gas so they can get to and from work.

Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army created the PeopleCare program to
provide that help to individuals and families.

PeopleCare helped more than 15,000 families across the state last year, providing food, shelter, clothing, and other emergency aid. As it has in the past, Consumers Energy is providing $1.5 million in energy bill credits for 2003. The Salvation Army determines eligibility for energy bill credits and other help and distributes the aid.

Consumers Energy customers can help make PeopleCare work for families in need by checking a box at the top of their January energy bills. Last year, Consumers Energy customers and employees contributed $695,000 to PeopleCare.

Customers may donate $2 a month or make a one-time donation of $5 by checking one of the boxes at the top of their January bill. If they'd like to contribute more each month, they can call 1-800-477-5050 and arrange to have the amount added to their bill. Larger contributions may be sent to:

P.O. Box 24121
Lansing, Mich. 48909-4121

"PeopleCare is starting its 21st year with the same simple goal it had in 1983: Help people in need. Over the past two decades, PeopleCare has helped more than 270,000 people with quick, direct assistance. Consumers Energy and its 8,700 employees are proud to be part of PeopleCare and help people in need in our communities," said Carl English, Consumers Energy's president and chief executive officer - gas.

The Salvation Army is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations providing social service assistance in the United States. Its expertise in screening applicants and process aid was among the reasons that led Consumers Energy to team up with it for PeopleCare.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, is Michigan's largest utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than six million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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