Employees at the Delaware Service Center had been talking about helping their community but were undecided on what to do. One of the lineman’s wife is a teacher and she brought up a glaring need in area schools: not enough supplies and a list of required items that many families struggled to afford.

Line Mechanic-C Jamie Taylor mentioned the idea on a group text among fellow linemen; they were immediately on board.

“It was incredible, the very next morning there was a couple hundred dollars on my desk,” Taylor said. “I’m really proud of these guys and how quick they were willing to contribute.”

By the end of the fundraiser, the service center raised about $300 to support four grade schools in the Delaware City School District (kindergarten through second grade). The money purchased 13 backpacks for low-income students that were stuffed with markers, notebooks, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, erasers, folders, pencils and highlighters. Funds were also used to buy Lysol wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer.

The new school year started Aug. 14 and Distribution System Supervisor Jason Stacy is happy AEP Ohio was able to lend a hand.

“This group gives back and helps out in the community all the time but it’s something that’s not always noticed,” Stacy said. “They don’t do it for the recognition but I want my team to know they’re appreciated and that their help really matters.”

Posted August 16, 2019

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