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$3,500 Awarded in ORU Donations

Spare change adds up and it just made a real difference in Medina County, with $3,500 being donated through Medina Electric’s Operation Round Up program.

Clifford and Joann Baumann, of Hondo, received $1,500 from Medina Electric’s Operation Round Up program after their home burned downed at the end of January.  This donation was used to help replace items such as furniture, appliances and new clothing. 

In a thank you letter from the Baumann family they wrote, “Medina Electric’s Operation Roundup and the Hondo community has shown such compassion that we know Clifford and Joann are blessed by God through your love and generous gift.  What a wonderful program Operation Roundup is for those in need!”

$2,000 was also donated to help Hunter Erwin’s family with medical expenses.  Fourteen-year-old Hunter was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in 2015.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Vascular EDS patients have fragile arteries, muscles and internal organs and are at risk of sudden arterial or organ rupture. The donation will help the Erwin family with medical expenses as they travel to Houston for regular visits with specialists at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

Since ORU’s inception in 2006, over $130,000 has been donated to causes throughout Medina EC’s 17-county service area.

Applications to receive funds are accepted throughout the year with quarterly deadlines for donations. The next deadline for 2019 is May 3. Applicants do NOT need to be a member of Medina EC to be considered for a donation but must live within the 17 counties served by the cooperative.

ORU is funded by the generosity of Medina EC members who opt to have their electric bills rounded up to the next whole dollar, by MEC employees who donate through payroll deduction and by donations from individuals or organizations straight to the program.  If you are interested in supporting the ORU program, please visit or visit any of our offices and request a signup sheet.

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