Operation Round Up Help
Article was added on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Each month when Santee Electric Cooperative members receive
their bills, they have the option of having it rounded up the next
whole dollar amount. This doesn't cost the member much, about $7 a
year, but should give them a warm feeling knowing they are helping
victims of fire and other tragic events start over again.
On Dec. 12, 2010, a fire claimed the home of Hemingway resident
Edward Middleton. Middleton, a supporter of SEC's Operation
Round-Up program himself, is one of the latest recipients of help
from the program.
After his home and possessions were totally destroyed in the
fire, the change that SEC members donate every month was put to
good use and helped him get back on his feet, so to speak.
Middleton is a double amputee with two prosthetic legs. In his
condition, comfortable furniture is a precious thing, Lisa Woods,
SEC Project Manager, who administers the program, said. When
Robbie's Furniture of Kingstree offered to donate a living room
suite to the Operation Round-Up program, Woods' presented the idea
to the Operation Round-Up board that the furniture be donated to
"Starting over again is devastating! Ask anyone who's been
through it," Middleton said. "I'm so thankful to Round-Up for
everything they've done for me. They brought me clothes, food,
dishes and other much needed items to help me start over
The SEC Operation Round-Up board, including Georgia Dollard,
whose district Middleton lives in, would like to thank SEC members
and businesses like Robbie's Furniture for their selfless
contributions to others in the community.
Since 1993, Operation Round-Up has been there to assist SEC
consumers. Working in the communities that SEC serves with other
community service agencies, Operation Round-Up is helping to make
life's hard times a little easier, Woods said.
Operation Round-Up has helped families in need to the tune of
$122,000 a year since its beginning, putting almost $2.2 million
back into the local economy one family at a time when it is most
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