DELTA, Pa. (Jan. 12, 2009) - Exelon's Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station and Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant partnered to provide 500 new winter coats to children in York and Lancaster Counties, Pennsylvania and Harford County, Maryland. The company gave the coats to Delta-Peach Bottom Elementary School, Fawn Area Elementary School, Clermont Elementary School, Quarryville Elementary School and Mason-Dixon Community Services.
The coats will be given to children who otherwise may not have a new winter coat. "All children should have a warm coat for the winter months, and we are happy to be able to help with this need," said Bill Maguire, Peach Bottom's vice president.
"This is such a generous gift and comes just in time-for the winter season and the holidays," said Theresa Perry, director of community outreach for Mason-Dixon Community Services. "We have many requests for coats, and your donation will bring lots of relief to area children. We value Exelon's continued support in our partnership to meet the ever-increasing needs of our community."
One of the most requested items by schools and social service agencies each year is a new, warm winter coat, according to Operation Warm, a non-profit organization dedicated to obtaining new coats for children. Exelon has partnered with Operation Warm to make new coats available to local children in areas where the company operates.
"We worked with the guidance counselors at the schools to make sure we provided them what they needed for their students," said Mary Helen Marsh, Manager of Exelon's hydro operations at the nearby Conowingo Dam and Pennsylvania's Muddy Run. "These coats are designed to keep kids warm, but we also hope they show the children that they are special and cared about."
This is the third year that Exelon has partnered with Operation Warm. Within the last month, Exelon has distributed 3,000 coats in the company's service territories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas and Illinois.