Mississippi Power Business Specialist Wendy Martinez worked with the company’s Customer Care Center and Gulfport Ward 1 Councilman Kenneth “Truck” Casey to make a donation to Extend a Hand, Help a Friend on Tuesday.

Martinez identified a need among children and the elderly in the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic. With guidance from Customer Care Center Manager Jason Moak, Martinez organized the collection of funds that made Tuesday’s donation possible.

Mississippi Power Business Specialist Wendy Martinez (left) and Gulfport Ward 1 Councilman Kenneth “Truck” Casey (right) made a donation to Extend a Hand, Help a Friend on Tuesday.

“Everyone knows that we are a giving company,” Martinez said. “I’m happy to be a part of a group like this. It feels good to be able to help others.”

The non-profit organization focuses on empowering the elderly and youth in the Gulfport area. The donation will be used to feed the elderly population and restock the food pantries of local churches.

In addition to these services, the non-profit is also focused on helping students succeed during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a safe environment for students to complete their schoolwork that includes internet access and tutoring services.

“Even though school is about to end, we want to make sure that they finish on the right path and right trajectory,” said CEO of Extend a Hand, Help a Friend Jeffrey Hulum, III.

Currently, the center serves no more than 10 children at a time and is practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“The City of Gulfport has a long history of working with Mississippi Power to better our communities,” Casey said. “We thank them for their partnership.”

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