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Atmos Energy awards Panhandle Community Services $70,000 towards gas bills

Community
January 29, 2019
Darra Cunningham

Story Courtesy of: ABC 7 Amarillo

Atmos Energy has partnered with Panhandle Community Services, giving $70,000 to those who need help with gas bills. Amarillo College student Naethen Young said he fell behind with his gas bill but that it was not his fault.

"I'm room mating with my friend who accidentally left the gas way up this month so its pretty high," said Young.

Several people along with Young pulled up to take advantage of the opportunity which only happens once a year. Christina Cristan, Assistant Director of Emergency Services at Panhandle Community Services, said they are getting their gas bills paid in full. 

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Atmos Energy has partnered with Panhandle Community Services, giving $70,000 to those who need help with gas bills. Amarillo College student Naethen Young said he fell behind with his gas bill but that it was not his fault.

"I'm room mating with my friend who accidentally left the gas way up this month so its pretty high," said Young.

Several people along with Young pulled up to take advantage of the opportunity which only happens once a year. Christina Cristan, Assistant Director of Emergency Services at Panhandle Community Services, said they are getting their gas bills paid in full.

"We're able to pay for it on the spot so it actually doesn't have any limitations or restrictions," said Cristan.

And the cold weather was not a deterrent for those who came out. People would turn in their application, take a ticket and wait in their cars until their number was called.

The funding was made possible by Atmos Energy's Share the Warmth program which usually requires a lot of qualifications. But for today all people had to do is show up.

By 11:30 a.m., almost half of the funds were used, according to Atmos Energy Specialist Bree Boyd.

"We spent about 30,000 already and that's including all the satellite offices and so hopefully we will reach that 70,000 it probably won't be hard to," said Boyd.

Whether your bills were disconnected or current, no one was turned away.

"Today, we're taking anyone and everyone just to expedite the process, "said Boyd.

Cristan tells ABC 7 the goal is to impact the community in a positive way and that goal was accomplished. Young said this news traveled through his family like a wildfire and they were also able to reap the benefit.

"I like what they're doing for the community I didn't know Atmos did this every year, it's good that they care about the community," said Young.

Next week, Panhandle Community Services will start their C-App program which allows the organization to help assist with heating and cooling bills. You must be below 150 percent of the current U.S. Poverty guidelines to apply.