(Paulding, OH)- Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op (PPEC) is teaming up with Apostolic Christian Church of Junction, to help the recent victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. We’re calling the effort Project Hurricane Help. PPEC plans to hold a drive, on September 22nd from 3 pm to 7 pm at Paulding Putnam Electric’s headquarters located at 401 McDonald Pike, Paulding, Ohio. We will be collecting in our parking lot.

“Our goal is fill a semi with non-perishable goods, to be shipped to areas ravaged by these hurricanes, but we need the help of our members and the community,” stated Marketing & Economic Development Manager Erika Willitzer.

“We were lucky enough to hear about the Junction church’s work with an international shipping company that specializes in disaster aid. The Apostolic Christian Church has worked with the shipping company for years sending food items to those in great need. Once collected, the shipping company will dispatch the donations to the different disaster zones, “said Willitzer.

There are a few restrictions on items which can be donated. No clothes or glass items can be donated and all items must be new. Here is a list of items needed:

  • Water
  • Non-Perishable Foods (no close expiration date)
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Home Cleaning Supplies
  • Basic First Aid Materials (no medication)
  • Paper/Plastic Plates, Napkins, Cups, Silverware
  • Baby Items
  • Diapers
  • Baby Formula

In addition to assisting with the drive, PPEC has been put on notice by our national and statewide organizations, that we may be asked to send linemen to North Carolina to aid in outage restoration.

“As an electric cooperative utility we have a close bond with our member-consumers and that bond extends to the electric cooperatives and members nationwide. It is because of this bond that we have formed mutual aid agreements to assist our friends in other states. This assistance can be relief efforts for food and water or sending line crews to assist in power restoration. At this critical time our thoughts and prayers go out to all those in need, we are fortunate we are able to provide assistance to those who need it most,” stated President and CEO George Carter.


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