Anonymous viewers help single mom keep electricity on - WKRN News 2

Anonymous viewers help single mom keep electricity on

Posted: Updated: Jan 30, 2014 08:07 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Last week during the frigid temperatures, NES shut off service to hundreds of customers who were behind on their bills.

Resident Dee Staten was among those who had her service disconnected.

Since then, an anonymous News 2 viewer has paid the single mother of two's $339 bill, while another anonymous viewer paid an additional $250 on her account to help with upcoming bills.

In an email, the donor wrote, "I am so happy to be able to do this for her. I, too, was a single mom once. I lived in a ground-level apartment with my baby boy that flooded sewage every time it rained. Needless to say, the Lord has blessed me so much over the years and it is my privilege to be able to give back, even in this small way. I know she will be blessed."

Staten said she is touched that people who don't even know her have helped get her life back on track.

"Every day is a different blessing. It makes you stay positive. It makes you think okay, there are still some good people," she said. "There is still some good people in the world that still have a heart and they have compassion for people."

Since meeting Staten last week, she said things have turned around and she started a new full time job this week, which offers benefits and overtime.

"It feels like the great cloud has been lifted and things are falling back into order," she said.

The Nashville Electric Service added over the past few days, they have received $3,244 in donations for "Project Help."

"Project Help" is a program that helps people who are going through difficult times pay their electric bill.

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