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Entergy New Orleans is Powering Bright Spirits this Holiday Season

12/19/2018

For the fifth year in a row, Santa and his Entergy elves made a special visit to the Canal Street Care Center, where they surprised 15 first-in-line customers by paying their utility bills in full through The Power to Care low-income program.

What started as an employee’s warm idea after seeing customers lined up outside in the early morning cold to pay their bills, has turned into an Entergy New Orleans holiday tradition bringing assistance to our neighbors who are struggling with year-end expenses. Since “Operation Secret Santa” began in 2014, Entergy New Orleans has provided more than $30,000 in utility bill-payment assistance to surprised customers through The Power to Care program. Now, they can focus more on family holiday traditions and less time worrying about how to pay their energy bill.

“Giving back to the communities we serve year-round is a big part of our company’s mission,” said David Ellis, Entergy New Orleans’ president and CEO. “And during the holidays, our efforts shift into high gear – from paying utility bills to providing gifts for low-income families to feeding the homeless. Operation Secret Santa has quickly become an employee favorite. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the positive impact it has on our most vulnerable customers when money is tight during the holidays.”

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Continuing in the spirit of giving, Entergy employees also participated in the annual Times-Picayune Doll & Toy Fund again this year, and will continue giving back to the New Orleans community at the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club's annual Toy and Bike Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 22.

Entergy New Orleans remains a sponsor of Celebration in the Oaks, an annual winter festival of lights in New Orleans City Park that features holiday decorations and displays for all ages, as well as NOLA ChristmasFest, Canal Street Home for the Holidays and other holiday events throughout the month of December.


Kaleb Stargel