Metropolitan Ministries of Chattanooga (MetMin)has received $167,900 raised by a “secret Santa” and friends to help neighbors in need keep warm through the end of the year, the Times Free Press reports.
In a news release from EPB, Rebecca Whelchel, executive director of MetMin, said the unknown givers were concerned about people who have to make hard choices at Christmas time.
The EPB release said as many as 1,500 households and 3,675 people will benefit from the contribution. The anonymous donors asked that the fund will be prioritized to prevent disconnects for first-time nonpayment as well for as seniors and others with special needs.
Apart from this special holiday project, MetMin raises about $120,000 every year to pay electricity bills for people in need, she said, inviting the public to donate to the agency’s “Stay Connected” fund at http://www.met-min.org.