Alabama Power Service Organization Christmas 2019

Submitted / The Herald

Santa Claus made an appearance at First Baptist Church Wetumpka to assist Wetumpka Chapter of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO).

The Wetumpka Chapter of the Alabama Power Service Organization (APSO) recently spread Christmas joy to area children.

The organization donated gifts and provided lunch at a Christmas event hosted by First Baptist Church Wetumpka for 51 children who are in the care of Elmore County Department of Human Resources (DHR).

“This is our 10th time to participate in this event, and it brings us so much joy to help these children in need in our local community,” APSO member Wendy Barnes said. “By helping these children, we are investing in the future of our community and bringing them joy at the same time.”

Alabama Power employees, retirees and friends came together to donate food for the event in memory of Jan Guy who worked in customer service for Alabama Power.

The chapter also donated $300 to Wetumpka Elementary School. The funds will be used to purchase copier paper.

The check was presented to Wetumpka Elementary School principal Dr. Bonnie Sullivan by APSO members Wendy Barnes, Mary Katherine Barnes, Kormeshia Peake, Karmen Peake and Lisa Knight. 

“Visiting at Wetumpka Elementary school was very rewarding, especially because my daughter, Karmen, is a direct recipient of the funds donated,” Peake said. “She is in kindergarten and it was a joy to be able to present the check with her to Dr. Sullivan. I’m sure the funds will be used to help better her education.” 

APSO includes more than 5,000 Alabama Power, Southern Nuclear and Southern Company Services employees and their families. 

APSO members focus their efforts on helping nonprofit groups and charitable projects that promote education, the environment and community enhancement to meet critical needs.