Waco, Tx — Holiday cheer is already spreading across Central Texas, as The Salvation Army and TXU Energy partner through the “Holiday Cents Program” to bring Christmas to a family that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.
On Thursday, representatives from The Salvation Army of Waco and TXU Energy gathered at a home in Waco to set up energy-efficient decorations, including a Christmas tree, and brought Christmas presents to a single mother and her three children. She is one of two recipients in the state receiving the decorations and gifts.
“We’ve selected this family—single mom with three children, who’s been struggling. And so, they’re going to have a wonderful Christmas because of TXU,” said Major Dan Ford, Regional Director of Salvation Army Services for McLennan County.
The Salvation Army also partners with TXU on the Energy Assistance Program, which this mom is a part of. Last year, TXU gave 86-thousand dollars to families selected by The Salvation Army to help pay their electric bills.
“This is just one of the ways we can give back. I would love to be able to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they come home today and see their presents underneath the Christmas tree. So, it just makes a difference that we can help people when they’re so deserving,” said TXU Senior Manager of Customer Advocacy, Kim Campbell.
Following the decorations, TXU also provided ways to save on electricity this holiday season.
• Replace incandescent holiday lights. One traditional C9 bulb uses 6 watts of electricity. A strand of 50 LED lights uses 4 watts.
• Use mirrors and tinsel to heighten the effect of fewer lights.
• Use timers to power on and off lights and inflatable displays.
• Use microwaves and slow cookers as much as possible.
• Keep the oven door closed to maintain the heat.
• Use glass or ceramic pans in the oven.
• Match pot and pan sizes to stovetop burner sizes.
• Install window and door insulation to seal air leaks.
• Use window treatments to prevent drafts and retain heat.
• Set ceiling fans to the “up” position and operate them at a slow setting while in a room to circulate warm air.
The Salvation Army anticipates serving about 1,700 families this holiday season. If you would like to help out, Ford says, “your change could bring change”. Simply donate any extra change you have into one of the red Salvation Army kettles you see around town, outside of your favorite stores this holiday season.