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. Right here in Fayetteville and Lincoln County, we look forward to the annual Christmas Parade.
We cherish carrying on old family traditions and enjoy creating new ones. For me 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 FPU, we are grateful for you, our friends, our neighbors, our customers.
You see, one of our founding principles as a utility is Concern for Community. While our primary focus is providing safe, reliable and affordable utilities, we want to give back. We want to help our community thrive.
Looking back at this past year, I’m grateful that we were able to make a positive impact in the community. Through programs such as Harvest of Hope and Project Help, where thanks to your contributions, we can help provide heating assistance and food to local families in need.
In 2019 FPU had the opportunity to visit the schools in our community to teach safety. We continue to work closely with our local high schools to offer opportunities such as the Youth Leadership Summit, Washington Youth Tour and FPU’s Student Utility Board.
We also participated in many local fundraisers and charities throughout the year, such as Relay For Life and the Heart Walk. In October, FPU participated in the Tennessee Electric Co-op Day of Service. This annual event challenges the state’s rural utilities to complete service projects in their communities.
For this year’s event, FPU participated in two projects. The first was a month-long initiative to help stock the shelves at Junior’s House. With this project, we collected toilet paper, paper towels, new stuffed animals and toys and Play-Doh. These items are some of the most needed items for children receiving services at Junior’s House. For our second project, employees from FPU traveled to Amana Head Start where they read to children and helped them with crafts (more on page 24).
 There are other ways we can help the community, whether we’re providing information about utility safety through our safety trailer demonstrations, or helping you find ways to save energy at home; we want you to know we’re here to help.
We look forward to the opportunity to serve you in the new year. On behalf of the FPU family, we hope your holidays are indeed merry and bright!