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CenterPoint Energy kicks-off holiday gift giving season in support of Salvation Army

MINNEAPOLIS - December 2, 2010 - CenterPoint Energy employees are joining forces with The Salvation Army’s Red kettle Campaign to ring bells and raise funds for families in need. In addition to CenterPoint Energy employee volunteers kicking-off  the campaign on December 2 by ringing bells in the IDS Crystal Court skyway at 11 a.m., the company is also asking customers to donate to The Salvation Army HeatShare Program, which help those who may be struggling to pay energy bills.

CenterPoint Energy founded and has supported The Salvation Army HeatShare program since 1982. Administered by The Salvation Army, the HeatShare program provides assistance to the elderly, disabled and those who are having trouble paying energy bills.

“Our team is joining forces to support The Salvation Army this holiday season and we ask that you join us,” said Tal Centers, division vice president for CenterPoint Energy. “Our employees are also donating toys and winter wear at several of our facilities for The Salvation Army Toy Shop. We ask that you join us in support of this worthy cause to help strengthen our communities.”

To donate to the HeatShare Program, please visit www.CenterPointEnergy.com/Heatshare. Customers can also support the Red Kettle Campaign and Toy Shop by visiting the website at http://www.thesalarmy.org

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total more than $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. In Minnesota, CenterPoint Energy is the state’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.