REC Employees in Blue Ridge Donate Gifts to Families in Need

Dec. 22, 2015

This holiday season employees from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Blue Ridge office took time out to give back to those in need in their communities. Each year the Blue Ridge district Project Big Heart (PBH), the employee service organization,works with local agencies to donate gift items to families in need in local communities.

Using funds raised by employees, $4,800 was donated to the Department of Social Services in Warren, Clarke and Frederick counties and Northern Shenandoah Home Instead.The money was used to purchase clothes, toys, games, gift cards, shoes, diapers, blankets, toiletries, and other items for children and seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford them during the holiday season.

“Throughout the year employees participated in various fundraising activities, donating money from their own pockets to help the community,” said Cory Smith, Blue Ridge PBH chairperson. “This is our chance to give directly back to those in need in the surrounding areas.”

Project Big Heart was created by employees of REC as a way to directly support the needs of the local community by offering donations from employees directly to non-profit agencies who assist the members served by REC.

According to John Crawford, REC’s Blue Ridge district manager, “I could not be more proud of our employees. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life of all of our members and this is just one more example of how they accomplish that each and every day.”

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.