The FirstEnergy Foundation surprised The Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J., with a special $10,000 grant as part of its “Christmas in July” campaign, a giving initiative that supports deserving community organizations with unexpected gifts.

The Seeing Eye has provided seeing eye dogs for the blind since its founding in 1929. The organization is expanding, and FirstEnergy subsidiary Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) recently completed a project to support this effort.  This involvement led JCP&L employees to recommend that The Seeing Eye receive a grant through this program.

Now in its second year, FirstEnergy’s Christmas in July initiative provides surprise grants to 12 worthy organizations across the company’s corporate footprint. Recipients are selected by FirstEnergy employees, who identified organizations in their geographic location that do extraordinary work to make their communities better places to live and work.  This year, more than $110,000 in grants were presented through the initiative.

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“Christmas in July is designed to support the good work these organizations do year-round to enhance the quality of life across our corporate footprint,” said Dee Lowery, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation.  “We’re very pleased to help invest in educational and social programs that make the communities in and around our service areas ideal places to live and work.” 

The FirstEnergy Foundation is funded solely by FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) and provides support to non-profit, tax-exempt health and human services agencies; educational organizations; cultural and arts programs and institutions; and civic groups in areas served by FirstEnergy’s 10 electric operating companies and in areas where the company conducts business.