By Associated Press - Monday, September 26, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is providing $1 million toward helping poor, elderly and disabled customers pay their utility bills.

SCE&G announced Monday its donation to The Salvation Army of the Carolinas. The nonprofit’s regional offices in Aiken, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia and Orangeburg will distribute the money.

Eligible customers can get up to $500 annually to pay their bills. The utility has no estimate for how long the money will last.

Maj. Tom Louden with The Salvation Army says the money will help keep people healthy, safe and in their homes.

SCE&G also announced donating $250,000 to Meals on Wheels. Hundreds of seniors statewide are on waiting lists for the home-delivered meals.

The utility provides electricity to about 706,000 homes and natural gas to 352,000 homes in South Carolina.

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