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CenterPoint Energy partners with Minneapolis Firefighters to provide winter coats to youths in need
Company contributes $1,500 to keep children safe and warm

MINNEAPOLIS – October 23, 2013 –CenterPoint Energy partnered with the Minneapolis Firefighters and Operation Warm’s Firefighters Coats for Kids program by donating $1,500 for new winter coats for youths in need. As a result, more than 500 students at Craft Laney elementary school in North Minneapolis received new winter coats this week.

“We are happy to support this great cause and provide appropriately sized new coats to these children in need,” said Joe Vortherms, vice president of Gas Operations in Minnesota. “It’s more than just staying warm; we want them to know we truly care.”

“We really appreciate CenterPoint Energy’s financial support and help in distributing the coats,” added Justin Johnson, Minneapolis Professional Firefighter and Coats for Kids organizer. “The community as a whole has really stepped up and as a result, we hope to double the amount of coats we can hand out next year. We look forward to our continued partnership with CenterPoint Energy.”

In September, the Minneapolis Firefighters Association for the first time, teamed up with the national non-profit organization, Operation Warm to launch Firefighters Coats for Kids program. A recent fundraising event, well attended and supported by the community, including CenterPoint Energy employees, raised nearly $15,000.

To learn more or to donate to Operation Warm visit OperationWarm.org

CenterPoint Energy supports educational, civic, social and environmental initiatives that enhance the quality of life for its customers, the environment and the community. To see what CenterPoint Energy is doing in the community, visit CenterPoint Energy.com/Community.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and competitive natural gas sales and services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns a 58.3 percent limited partner interest in a midstream partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. with operations in major natural gas and liquids-rich producing areas of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. With more than 8,700 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.