Columbia Gas of Virginia Donates $15,000 to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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Children across Virginia will benefit from a $15,000 donation to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation from Columbia Gas of Virginia.

The donation is a result of more than 1,500 customers who enrolled in Columbia Gas of Virginia’s free paperless Direct e-Bill service between October 1 and November 30. As part of the promotion, Columbia Gas committed to donate $10 per customer to Toys for Tots units throughout Virginia up to $15,000.

"During a year when our corporate toy and dollar donations are significantly down, we were extremely pleased to have Columbia Gas of Virginia come along to help save the day," said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. "With the funds raised through their paperless Direct e-Bill promotion we will be able to reach thousands of less fortunate children who might have otherwise been overlooked this Christmas. We are so proud to have them on our team," Grein concluded.
“We are very pleased to provide this contribution on behalf of our customers which will go toward the distribution of toys to local children during this holiday season,” said Carl Levander, president, Columbia Gas of Virginia. “We recognize the important work of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation which is simply to help make a child’s holiday a little brighter.”

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 www.columbiagasva.com and select “Manage Your Account” to sign up for free paperless Direct e-Bill services.

About Toys for Tots
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 www.toysfortots.org.

About Columbia Gas of Virginia
Columbia Gas of Virginia delivers safe, reliable and clean natural gas to 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 www.ColumbiaGasVa.com.

Disclaimer
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.