Program helps people pay electric bills during cold holiday season

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) is offering a program to help pay utility bills for those who are disabled, elderly or to families with young kids.

For local Loy Harrison, it's how he and his family stay warm in the winter.

On Wednesday, TCOG gave Harrison two new jackets to replaced his tattered one-- just a small example of how they've helped him.

"We've been in two or three homeless shelters back before my son was born," Harrison said.

Harrison is a veteran, Texoma native, and former volunteer firefighter. He is disabled, and his wife is paralyzed. Neither can work.

"If it wasn't for these people here, me and my wife and son would probably be homeless and be out in the cold," Harrison said about TCOG.

They have been helping him pay his utility bills for the past three years. It's a first-come, first-serve basis to apply-- and it's not too late this year if you are interested.

"It means a lot," Harrison said. "I don't like having to ask for assistance but I'm glad we have a service like this."

Judy Fullylove, the energy services director at TCOG, said the cold weather brings high demand for the service.

"It helps stretch their budget to afford other things," Fullylove said.

"I applaud them with all my heart, and I thank them with all my heart," Harrison said.

TCOG is still taking applications. You can find out more here:

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