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Co-op Family Christmas Helps Neighbors during the Holidays


For more than 10 years, NFEC employees have been bringing the Christmas Spirit to members who need the helping hand of a friend. “The Co-op Family Christmas was born when a group of employees saw a need within our membership and wanted to help,” explains NFEC General Manager Scott Copeland. “Our board of trustees enthusiastically joined in, and were followed by some of the vendors and contractors who serve the cooperative, along with sev- eral individual cooperative members and local businesses.”


Copeland goes on to explain that each year the recipients are selected by a committee of employees who are personally familiar with the circum- stances faced by each family. Those selected have been identified as facing more than their share of challenges in the past year related to health, loss of family members, or loss/damage of personal property. They are selected because they have continued to work hard to meet their responsibilities themselves; not asking for or expect- ing assistance from anyone.


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Account Number If you see your account


number in this newsletter, call our office, identify yourself and the number. We will credit your electric bill $25. The number may be located anywhere in the newsletter and is chosen at random. If you don’t know your account


number, call our office or look on your bill. To get the credit, you must call before the next month’s newsletter is mailed.


What’s that noise? Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Make sure everyone knows what to do if they hear them.


What a shocker!


Before use, inspect all electrical lights, decorations, and extension cords for damage.


Two’s company, three’s a crowd. Do not overload outlets with too many decorations or devices.


Is it working? Test your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) to make sure they’re protecting you.


It’s easy to make safety a part of your holiday with these tips. Tackle one a day and you’re well on your way to a safe New Year!


Ouch! Prevent trips and falls by keeping cords safely along walls and out of doorways and high traffic areas.


Kids eat the darndest


things! Avoid putting lights, metal hooks, breakable ornaments, and other small decorations within reach of young children.


Thirsty? Keep your Christmas tree stand full of water. A fresh, green tree poses less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.


Make a wish! Blow out the candles before leaving a room or going to bed.


Can’t touch this! Consider installing tamper-resistant outlets/ receptacles to prevent kids from inserting objects into the slots.


Escape Route: Share your family fire escape plan with overnight guests.


Hot stuff! Keep children away from cooking areas; use back burners and turn pot handles in away from little hands.


There’s no greater gift you can give your family than a safe and happy holiday! Learn more at holidaysafety.org.


Nice and warm. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn— decorations, trees, gifts, and curtains.


The program has helped fami- lies through financial assistance and gift baskets, in addition to providing specific help such as annual Life Alert service plans, or lending assistance after a family suffered a catastrophic event such as the loss of a home due to fire.


“This is truly an employee-mo- tivated program,” explains Copeland. “They are sincere in their desire and


commitment to help where they know help is needed. I am proud of them for caring so deeply about their neighbors, and I am humbled to work with such a selfless group,” he says.


If you would like to nominate a cooperative member family who could use a helping hand, please call or drop us a note at: P.O. Box 400, Sayre, OK 73662. (Donations are not tax deduct- ible.)


A Winner!


Members of NFEC’s communications team, Kay Rabbitt-Brower and Matthew Swint, accept an Award of Merit for NFEC’s 2013 annual report.


The award was


presented at a banquet held during the an- nual Oklahoma Living University workshop for co-op communicators and sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.


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