Atmos Energy and Panhandle Community Services Helping You Stay Warm This Winter

January 24, 2019

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - If you are struggling to pay your gas bill you can get some help, all thanks to Atmos Energy customers donating. 

$70,000 will be going to help people warm their homes thanks to the "Share the Warmth Program" at Atmos Energy.

"We are in the middle of our heating system so we know there is a need," said Director of Public Affairs at Atmos Energy, Roy Urrutia. "Gas bills have started mounted up a bit so there is a need. So that is a reason we have partnered up with Panhandle Community Services, and with the Share the Warmth program, we are going to have $70,000 available. Its a first come first serve basis so that is why we are partnering with them to distribute those funds."

Urrutia told us the program has been around for 20 years now and is beneficial, especially when gas prices are higher.

They partner with Panhandle Community Services to distribute the funds to make sure people who need help keeping their homes warm can get it. 

"We are also encouraging those persons that possibly have recently been turned off and are looking for assistance to get the account active again," said Assistant Director of Emergency Services at PCS, Christian Cristan. "We are providing this opportunity along with the Share the Warmth funding to activate it once again."

If you don't need help with your energy bill but want to donate, you can give to the program through your monthly Atmos bill. 

"The Share the Warmth program is a customer donor program. They can give $1, $5, whatever that monetary amount or they can simply round up their gas bill. Plus it is tax deductible and you get to help a neighbor in need," said Urrutia.

Funds will be distributed to those who need help next week. 

 You do have to be an Atmos Energy customer to receive help on your bill. Qualifying customers can go to Panhandle Community Services on Jan. 29. They will be working with customers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is first come first serve.

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