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EDISON'S ENERGY ASSISTANCE FUND DONATIONS HELP LESS FORTUNATE KEEP THEIR ELECTRICITY ON

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Most people often take for granted the fact that they have a job, are in good health, and able to support their families. But their friends and neighbors may be in far different situations; many face extreme financial difficulties.
 "I'm a 43-year-old quadriplegic and my mother has Alzheimer's. There is barely enough for rent ... is there any way to keep the lights on?"
 "I am bedridden, going blind, and all my money is gone ... please help me."
 "I wasn't sure I could make it through another day since the loss of my wife ... your concern has made a difference."
 "I can celebrate my daughter's birthday with the lights on."
 Southern California Edison has a special fund to assist customers like these in need. Edison's Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) keeps the electricity on for people who can't pay their bills.
 Since 1982, over 100,000 residential low income customers, including qualified elderly and disabled customers, have been helped by EAF. Last year alone, Edison shareholders and its customers donated $834,640 to the Energy Assistance Fund, which helped 8,411 households.
 Edison customers will receive a special envelope in their November bills for the purpose of mailing donations to the Energy Assistance Fund. The United Way administers the fund and makes sure the money collected is distributed through community-based agencies to the people who need it the most.
 Any amount is appreciated and the donation is also tax-deductible. One generous donor wrote, "Being disabled myself, I can better understand the help that the less fortunate need. If I can do more, please let me know and I will try."
 If you did not receive an envelope and would like to donate to the Energy Assistance Fund, you can call Southern California Edison at the number listed in the white pages of your phone directory. Your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Edison shareholders. Together, we can make a difference for our less fortunate friends and neighbors that is often vital: keeping their electricity on and their homes warm.
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 /CONTACT: Millie Paul, 818-302-7986/


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