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Columbia Gas of Ohio Donation to Toys for Tots Will Help Less Fortunate Children this Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Columbus, Ohio - Columbia Gas of Ohio partnered with Toys for Tots to help brighten the holidays for Ohio children.  The partnership encouraged customers to sign up for its free paperless Direct e-Bill service between October 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013. During the two month campaign, each customer who signed up initiated a donation of $10 to Toys for Tots. In total, 4,000 customers enrolled in the program*.

"During a year when our corporate toy and dollar donations are significantly down, we were extremely pleased to have Columbia Gas of Ohio come along to help save the day," said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, vice president of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  "With the funds raised through their paperless Direct e-Bill promotion we will be able to reach thousands of less fortunate children who might have otherwise been overlooked this Christmas.  We are so proud to have them on our team," Grein concluded.

Enjoy the convenience of paperless Direct e-Bill

With paperless Direct e-Bill you will still get the information you need from us and we will send you a monthly email with a link to view your bill and other account information on the day your bill is ready. Plus you will have 24/7 access to past bills, payment history and more!

To learn more and enroll, go to Paperless Billing.

About Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, a 65 year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to economically disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.1 million less fortunate children in over 745 communities nationwide.  For more information, visit ToysForTots.org.

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.

Be sure to call 811 at least two business days before you dig. For information about natural gas safety and what to do if you suspect a gas leak, go to: SafeGasOhio.org.

*Columbia Gas of Ohio will donate to Toys for Tots $10 for each customer in Ohio who signed-up for paperless Direct e-Bill between October 1, 2013, and November 30, 2013, up to an aggregate maximum commitment of $40,000. Enrollment in paperless Direct e-Bill is not tax deductible. The company’s donation will support the mission of the Marine Toys for Tots this holiday season. The Toys for Tots name is a registered trademark used with permission.