Tuesday, October 01, 2013

For Release:
October 1, 2013

Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410
(804) 512-1425 - cellular

$10 Donated to Toys for Tots for each new paperless billing sign-up

For each customer who enrolls in Columbia Gas of Virginia’s free paperless Direct e-Bill service between now and November 30, 2013, the company will donate $10 to Toys for Tots units throughout Virginia up to $15,000.

Funds raised will go toward the distribution of toys to local children during this holiday season.

“We thank Columbia Gas of Virginia and its customers for their willingness to support the Toys for Tots’ mission in helping less fortunate children and to contribute to better communities in the future,” said retired Marine Corps Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Paperless Direct e-Bill is a free and convenient way for customers to manage their account and help the environment at the same time. Simply visit and select “Manage Your Account” to sign up for free paperless Direct e-Bill services.

Instead of receiving a paper bill in the mail, e-Bill customers receive a monthly email with a link to view their bill and other account information on the day it’s ready, plus 24/7 access to that information. Customers also have the ability to view past bills, payment history, and pay their bill at no charge.

Toys for Tots, a 65 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to economically disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.1 million less fortunate children in over 745 communities nationwide. For more information, visit

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to over 245,000 customers in portions of Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, suburban Richmond, Central Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley, the Lynchburg region and parts of Western Virginia. With headquarters in Chesterfield County, the company is one of the 7 energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) serving 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers. Always call 811 before you dig and Dig with CARE. Learn more at

About NiSource
NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), based in Merrillville, Ind., is a Fortune 500 company engaged in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NiSource operating companies deliver energy to 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England. Information about NiSource and its subsidiaries is available via the Internet at

Columbia Gas of Virginia will donate to the Toys for Tots $10 for each customer in Virginia who signs up for paperless Direct e-Bill between October 1, 2013, and November 30, 2013, up to an aggregate maximum commitment of $15,000. Enrollment in paperless Direct e-Bill is not tax deductible. The company’s donation will support the mission of the Marine Toys for Tots this holiday season. The Toys for Tots name is a registered trademark used with permission.