Energy Northwest delivers holiday cheer to 330 Head Start children

RICHLAND, Wash. – For the past 40 years, employees from Energy Northwest have made the season bright for children in the Benton Franklin Head Start program. Each December, Santa joins a team of EN elves to visit Head Start classrooms around the Tri-Cities to deliver presents.

It may look different this year, but a pandemic isn’t going to keep St. Nick from bringing joy to all the good girls and boys. Energy Northwest employees still came through to provide gifts for more than 330 children in the area. And while holiday parties may not happen, Santa and his elves prepared a special greeting for the kids to watch from home.

“This has been a challenging year for everyone, and more than ever, we want to share the joy of the holidays and make it special for these kids,” said Sarah Johanns, Energy Northwest Head Start committee chair. “I am grateful for the generosity of my teammates.”

The EN elves are delivering packages to Head Start this week for program recipients. In addition to a toy and clothing gift, each child will get to watch a video message from the North Pole. 

Since partnering with Head Start in 1980, EN employees have purchased presents for more than 14,000 children in Benton and Franklin counties.