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Group pays woman's $4,000 MLGW bill

She lives on a fixed income and over the past few months Velma Massey accrued a MLGW bill for more than $4,000. She lives on a fixed income and over the past few months Velma Massey accrued a MLGW bill for more than $4,000.

(WMC-TV) - Velma Massey has lived in her North Memphis home since the 1960s. Over the past few months, she accumulated an MLGW bill over $4,000.

Now one Memphis group is paying it forward and paying her bill.

Massey was speechless Wednesday morning.

"Words can't express how glad I am for y'all. I'd had to pack up and leave. I couldn't stay here with no utilities on," said Massey.

Massey could not say thank you enough to members of IBEW Local 1288, the local electric workers union.

Thanks to funds from the union's charitable foundation, members presented Massey with a check for more than $4,000 to pay her MLGW bill.

"We though it was a dire situation that we needed to take action immediately because they were getting ready to cut it off, put her on the cut off list," said Rick Thompson with IBEW Local 1288.

Massey said the bill kept getting higher over the past few months.

She was aware she had a water leak, and was recently told about a gas leak.

The water leak has been fixed.

Massey lives on a fixed income and said she has been paying as much as she could on her bill.

"Every month, from four to five hundred dollars, that's the best I could do. I got receipts to show for it," said Massey.

The local electric workers union also reaches out to help others who need other assistance.

To find out more, click here.

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