Light Up a Heart with KCP&L this Valentine's Day

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Light Up a Heart with KCP&L this Valentine’s Day
KCP&L’s Energy Gift and Dollar-Aide programs can offer utility bill assistance year-round

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 11, 2014) — Are you looking for a new way to show your love this Valentine’s Day? Light up a heart with KCP&L’s Energy Gift and Dollar-Aide programs, which provide support for those who need help covering their utility bills.

“When friends or family members are struggling financially, the best gift sometimes is peace of mind,” said Elizabeth Danforth, KCP&L Director of Public Affairs. “KCP&L’s Energy Gift and Dollar-Aide programs can be a meaningful way to help others in need and remove this stress. You can even give anonymously.”

Energy Gift Program
An Energy Gift provides an opportunity to help a friend or family member. This gift lets you help someone by making a payment toward their KCP&L bill. You do not have to be a KCP&L customer yourself to purchase this gift, anyone can purchase an Energy Gift for one of KCP&L’s customers.

Energy Gift giver and KCP&L customer Randall Merk stated that for him, this is a great gift to give to loved ones who are on a fixed income. “I have a family member who is living on social security and has a tough time making ends meet,” said Merk. “For the last four years, every Christmas, we buy an Energy Gift to help her out. This allows us to give her a gift that is both useful and enjoyable.”

Dollar-Aide Program
Another great gift for those in need is a one-time or monthly contribution to KCP&L’s Dollar-Aide Program. For more than 30 years, Dollar-Aide has helped thousands of families pay their heating, cooling and water bills during financially pressing times. Currently, KCP&L matches 50 cents for every dollar donated by the public. Since 1982, KCP&L has provided $4.2 million to support customers in financial need with this program.

“Dollar-Aide is a tremendous program that enables us to help people in times when we normally would not be able to,” said Gladys Lizama of the Guadalupe Centers Inc. (GCI) of Kansas City, one of the agencies that receives funding from Dollar-Aide to support its clients. “Often times the private funds we have at GCI are intended for residents within our own zip code service area. Recently, a man outside of this zip code area found himself unable to make his utility payment. In this case, since he was a KCP&L customer, we were able to apply Dollar Aide funds to his account. KCP&L and Dollar Aide really came through for us so we could help this gentleman get back on his feet.” 

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Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at or