The connection between PPL Electric Utilities’ Northeast region employees and a local charity just keeps growing stronger – and more and more local residents benefit as a result.
Employees’ support for Angel’s Attic, a program of United Neighborhood Centers of Scranton, has moved from seasonal to year-round. Bins are always available at Scranton Service Center, and employees at other Northeast locations, such as Carbondale, Hamlin, Honesdale and Pocono, make arrangements to get their donations to Scranton.
More than 100 bags of gently used and new clothing have been donated in the past year, with employee volunteers delivering donations to Angel’s Attic whenever the bins fill up.
The clothes and shoes are then offered for free to the more than 20,000 needy people served by Angel’s Attic each year.
Jessica Wallo, assistant director of community services at Angel’s Attic, wrote after a recent delivery: “I just received the clothing donation from your employees. I wanted to take a minute and say THANK YOU! It was such a wonderful surprise! Please tell your employees thank you, once again, for their very generous donations!”
PPL Electric Utilities employees in the region started making the twice yearly donations after P.J. Dolinish, a troubleman, was on a call in the wee hours of a frigid winter morning in 2011 noticed an elderly couple who only had lightweight jackets to protect themselves against the cold.
“We’ve really forged a strong connection to Angel’s Attic, which is wonderful to see,” said Jody Decker, equipment operator in Scranton, who dropped off the latest load of donations and is a donor himself. “Every year we’re able to help more of our neighbors who need it.”
Employees also collect non-perishable food for the Angel’s Attic pantry.