Eversource powers up Santa Fund

NASHUA – Officials for electricity provider Eversource continue recognizing the needs of the community, as they are now contributing to Santa Fund 2018.

The fund, a collaborative effort of The Telegraph and the United Way of Greater Nashua, has helped to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in the Greater Nashua area for more than 50 years.

The parties distribute donations among three local nonprofit agencies: SHARE Outreach, The Salvation Army and the Front Door Agency.

Eversource Community Relations Specialist Elizabeth LaRocca said the money came through a foundation from the company, which is used to support hundreds of agencies throughout the year. The $2,500 grant is the largest amount the company sets for donations.

“We think the Santa Fund is a wonderful program. The fund and its agencies are agencies we think are doing an awesome job in helping the community,” LaRocca said. “These people in need of help are our neighbors, our friends, our customers. We think this is a good way to go about the holidays because there are a lot of people that need assistance.”

LaRocca said the needs in Nashua are high, with housing, food and the opioid crisis being some of the reasons she said residents need help.

“We are very grateful we have been given a franchise to serve 75 percent of the state of New Hampshire and one of our values is community service and volunteerism,” LaRocca added.

Kaitlyn Woods, an Eversource spokeswoman, said it is important to remember the people who need extra support throughout the whole year.

“That’s why we are really committed to serving the community we live in,” Woods said.

The goal of the Santa Fund is to raise $40,000. As of late Wednesday, the amount collected was $15,203. If donations are not fulfilled, it means less families will be able to share the joys of the holidays.

“We are very grateful for the donation from Eversource,” United Way of Greater Nashua President Mike Apfelberg said. “It conveys tremendous support in our community and its a wonderful thing.”

There are several ways to donate to the Santa Fund, as mentioned in a previous Santa Fund article from the Telegraph, http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/local-news/2018/09/30/santa-fund-2018-kicks-off-today/.

Those wishing to make a monetary donation can use their MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express card on a secure online portal. The internet address for that portal is http://bit.ly/SantaFund2018

Donors may also text 2018santa to 41444, or write out a check to the United Way of Greater Nashua with Santa Fund written in the memo line. Cash donations may be dropped off at the United Way office, at 20 Broad St.

Drop off locations for toys are located at the offices of The United Way of Greater Nashua, 20 Broad St., and The Telegraph at 110 Main St., Nashua.

Total contributions can be tracked at https://tinyurl.com/2018santathermometer.

Grace Pecci can be reached at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.