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The power of giving after the struggle of loss


December 14, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Community

Jessica Richardson, Santee Cooper Customer Services Representative

As the Pee Dee River rose to historic levels and breached her home, Jessica Richardson worked 12-hour shifts in Santee Cooper’s Customer Call Center. As she calmed customers who were without power, her husband called to tell her the river would soon overtake their home.

Her children were already in a safe place, but her dogs and her belongings were in the flood’s path. Jessica simply asked her husband to “just get my dogs out.” She remained on the job, helping customers.

Jessica remembers how sad her children were to lose their cherished memories and belongings to the flood. Not wanting other children to feel loss because of their family’s situation, Jessica recently chose a tag from an Angel Tree and adopted a child from Aynor’s Christmas list.

Jessica is one of many employees who took care of Santee Cooper customers while their own homes were destroyed by winds or flood waters from Hurricane Matthew.

She is one of many more employees helping give underprivileged children a better Christmas. In Santee Cooper’s Horry-Georgetown Division office, that spirit and generosity is evident in the overflowing Toys for Tots box, with its bicycles and dozens of other gifts sure to brighten Christmases all over Horry County.

I'm proud to call Jessica, and all our employees who give a little extra to the community, part of our Santee Cooper family.