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Gift of Light Warms Hearts CEC members help others stay warm by keeping power on


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hoctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) members can help those less fortunate stay warm this winter with a Gift of Light. This special gift allows members to help others on co-op lines who may be struggling to pay their electric bills. A Gift of Light may be purchased in any amount. The amount is then credited to the recipient’s account with CEC. A Gift of Light may be presented to a co-op member of your choice, or CEC will help you select a recipient based on need.


A Gift of Light may be presented at any time during the year, however, they are particularly meaningful during the season of giving. “Members may want to give one to an aging family member


or a young family who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Jennifer Boling, member services representative.


Members interested in giving a Gift of Light may fill out a form, available at any CEC office or online at www. choctawelectric.coop. You will have the option to receive the certificate and present it to the recipient yourself, or have the certificate (shown below) mailed directly to the recipient. If you prefer, you may remain anonymous.


For more information on the Gift of Light program, please call 800-780-6486, ext. 207, or visit www.choctawelectric.coop.


Bill Payment Options


There’s more than one way to pay your electric bill


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) provides several convenient bill payment options and payment plans. For more details on any of our payment options, please contact your CEC billing representative at 800-780-6486, or visit www.choctawelectric.coop.


Pay online at www.choctawelectric.coop. Using our secure payment site you can also view your account history, check your account balance, energy usage and more.


Budget Billing. With this option your energy usage is averaged over 12 months, helping you avoid seasonal high bills .


Automatic Payment Plan. Monthly bill payments are automatically withdrawn from your checking, savings, or credit card account.


Prepaid Billing. This plan lets you pay ahead for your electricity. Requires an energy purchase of $50 to begin. No late penalites or disconnect/reconnect fees.


After Hours Payments. Choctaw Electric offers a drive through window and/or payment drop box at CEC office locations in Hugo, Idabel and Antlers.


Authorized Payment Locations. Pay your bill at any of the following locations Monday through Friday during regular office hours.


LIHEAP Offers Heating Assistance


klahomans who need help paying heating bills this winter are urged to apply for assistance through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP.)


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LIHEAP provides winter heating, energy crisis, summer cooling and/or weatherization and other energy-related home repair assistance to eligible low- income households throughout the year during specific application periods.


The application period for heating assistance begins December 11 and will continue until


funds are depleted. Applicants need to provide identification, income verification, and their most recent heating bill.


Eligibility for LIHEAP assistance is based on household income and assets. Low-income households not receiving other forms of public assistance may be eligible for home heating assistance.


For more information, please contact your local Department of Human Services (DHS)office.


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First Bank & Trust, Idabel


McCurtain Co. National Bank, Idabel Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Idabel Idabel National Bank, Idabel First Bank, Antlers


Ameri State Bank, Antlers


Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Antlers First National Bank, Broken Bow First Bank and Trust, Broken Bow McCurtain Co. National Bank, Broken Bow Shamrock Bank, Clayton


Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Hugo First Bank, Hugo


First Bank and Trust, Hochatown First State Bank, Valliant


McCurtain Co. National Bank, Valliant First Bank and Trust, Wright City


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