BRACEVILLE, Ill. (Dec. 16, 2009) - Since the Thanksgiving holiday, Braidwood Generating Station has donated more than $8,000 to various charitable groups and has conducted food and toy drives in support of area non-profit organizations. Through its sponsorships and contributions, Braidwood Station strives to be a good neighbor and give back to the communities near the station in which its employees live and work.
Holiday sponsorships include:
• Reed Custer Family Care - Braidwood Station and its employees will help make the season brighter for those in need by contributing $3,500 to adopt 15 local area families.
• Braidwood Community Care Center - Braidwood Station and its employees contributed $2,500 and employees conducted a food drive netting dozens of bags of groceries for the food bank that supports Braidwood, Braceville, Godley, Essex and Garfield Township.
• Salvation Army Angel Tree - Hundreds of children in Will County will have a better Christmas this year thanks to Braidwood employees who donated more than 250 gifts of toys and clothing.
• Operation MOMS Cookies and Any Soldier Inc. - Braidwood Station contributed $2,400 to Operations MOMS Cookies (located in Wilmington, Ill) to supply and ship holiday care packages to deployed American troops. Braidwood employees are also holding a drive to collect various items to send as holiday care packages via the "Any Solder Inc" program. This program provides care packages to deployed American troops who do not receive mail during the holidays.
"Every bit of help we receive is extremely appreciated," said Noreen Brandle, director of Braidwood Community Care Center. "The number of families in need of food assistance continues to increase, making it more and more difficult for us to meet that need. We truly appreciate Braidwood Station's generous support."
"Our employees are not only among the best nuclear professionals in the nation, but are also among the most compassionate," said Braidwood Station site vice president Amir Shahkarami. "They are always looking for ways to help others in need and place a special focus on it during the holiday season."
Braidwood's community outreach program also includes signature events such as sponsorship of the Reed Custer Braidwood Shootout held annually at Reed Custer High School, Braidwood SummerFest Fireworks and the popular "Fishing For a Cure" tournament held each spring at Braidwood Lake.
In 2009, Braidwood Station and its employees donated over $300,000 to local and regional non-profit groups. The majority of the giving was to the United Way.
Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power - enough to power more than two million homes.