More than 100 coats donated through PEC employee-led coat drive

Two Junction employees wanted to "Warm Up Junction!"

Here at PEC, we don’t just power your home, we also work to empower our community. Our employees are constantly finding ways to serve our membership in and out of the office, and our Junction Member Services team of Carolyn Bannowsky, Jill Halford and Tamra Hill is no exception. They, too, wanted to play a part in giving back.

Two women standing in a PEC office with their arms full of coats.
PEC Member Services Agent 2 Jill Halford (left) and PEC Member Services Agent 3 Tamra Hill were excited to collect more than 100 coats during the “Warm Up Junction!” coat drive. The coats were donated to the Junction Ministerial Alliance Food Bank.

“Our district is so far away from the rest of PEC’s service territory, and it’s hard for us to participate in other districts’ charitable giving,” Halford said. “We saw a need for cold weather items and wanted to make them accessible to anyone in need.”

To warm the hearts and bodies of those in need, the three launched a “Warm Up Junction!” coat drive at Hill’s suggestion. PEC employees from several districts and Junction members contributed Sept. 20–Oct. 31, and more than 100 coats (and a few scarves, gloves and winter hats) were collected and donated to the Junction Ministerial Alliance Food Bank on Nov. 1.

“Everyone at the food bank was very thankful and excited to distribute the coats to the Junction community,” Halford said.

Because the coat drive was a huge success, Bannowsky, Halford and Hill have agreed to make it an annual project. Be on the lookout next year for flyers in the Junction district office.