May your holiday season be merry and bright

THE HOLIDAYS ARE A time of year that many of us eagerly anticipate. The season is marked by special foods, seasonal decorations and lots of festivities. We cherish carrying on family traditions and enjoy creating new ones. Personally, I look forward to more time spent with family and friends.

However, given the hustle and bustle of the season, the holidays can also offer an opportunity to slow down and reflect. For all of us at Aiken Electric Cooperative, we are grateful for you, the members of the co-op.

You see, one of our founding principles as a co-op is “Concern for Community.” While our main focus is providing safe, reliable and affordable energy, we want to give back and help our community thrive.

In looking back at this past year, I’m grateful that we were able to make a positive impact in the community. Through programs like Operation Round Up, we were able to help many families in the community who are in need, thanks to your contributions.

We were also grateful for the opportunity to partner with local schools to raise awareness of the importance of electrical safety. This year, over 500 students attended our first virtual safety magic show.

In fact, we continue to work closely with our local high schools to award three college scholarships annually. Applications will be available Nov. 8. See Page 5 for more information.

There are other ways we can help the community, whether we’re providing information about our Community Solar or Help My House programs, or helping you find ways to save energy at home, we want you to know we’re here to help.

As we prepare for next year, we look forward to the opportunity to serve you and the greater community. On behalf of the AEC family, we hope your holidays are indeed merry and bright!

Gary L. Stooksbury, Chief Executive Officer