Project Help, an East Tennessee non-profit that helps families in need keep the electricity on, received a special donation on Monday.
Food City, with some added help from Home Federal Bank, raised $50,000 for the project. Generous East Tennesseans who gave back at Food City checkouts across the Knoxville area raised that amount in just a month.
Project Help’s board president says every single dollar helps.
“Donations make the difference. It keeps people from choosing between going to the doctor when they need to, paying for their medicine when they need to. It keeps them from having to go without food, because if they know there’s one place, once a year, to get over that one hump to receive assistance for their utility bill, it’s the difference sometimes bordering on life and death, as far as we’re concerned,” said Teresa Lawson.
Project Help helps pay one pricey bill each year, mainly helping those whose power would otherwise be turned off. It’s especially important during the colder months.