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Thirty churches donate to utility fund

Albany-- Dougherty County churches are working with Water, Gas, and Light to help people pay their utility bills. Thirty churches are donating money to WG&L's "HOPE" program, which stands for Helping Others Pay for Energy.

The program started in 1993, but this year more than 20 other churches have joined in, donating about $3,000 a month.

Life Christian International Pastor Stan Glass says his church receives dozens of calls every day from people needing help to pay their bills. "The needs seem to be more now than they have ever been."

"Whatever the scenario is, we want to make sure it is legitimate so we are good steward for money these churches are intrusting to us. We very carefully screen everybody," said WG&L spokesperson Lorie Farkas.

WG&L is asking other churches to donate money too. Farkas says if every church in Dougherty County donated $100 a month, they could help every person, with a legitimate need, pay their utility bills.

posted by dave.miller@walb.com