Cullman Electric Co-op HUG program assists neighbors in need

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Electric Cooperative’s Home Utility Gift (HUG) allows participants to help other’s by paying their Cullman EC bill. The HUG program was started in the 2007 holiday season, but HUG payments became popular year-round as a method to assist others who are struggling financially due to a lost job, the death of a family member, house fire or other disaster or simply as an act of kindness.

Communications Manager of Cullman EC Brian Lacy stated that before the program began, customers would often come to the office to try to pay the bill of a friend in need. Lacy said, “We would do that, we just didn’t have a name for it. A few years ago, we put a name to it so people could come in and specifically ask to make a payment using our HUG program.”

 To make a HUG payment, visit Cullman EC’s main office or their Addison branch and tell a member service representative who you would like to help. Lacy said the easiest way to make the payment is to have the recipient’s name and address. After a payment is made, the EC will mail a card, either anonymously or with your name included, to the recipient.

For more information on Cullman EC’s HUG program, call 256-737-3200 or stop by one of their offices.

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