Consumers Energy Contributes $1 million to The Salvation Army, Helps Michigan's Most Vulnerable Residents

     Consumers Energy Contributes $1 million to The Salvation Army, Helps
                     Michigan's Most Vulnerable Residents

Contribution comes in 30th Year of PeopleCare program

PR Newswire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 11, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In keeping with its promise
to Michigan, Consumers Energy is making a $1 million contribution to The
Salvation Army, enabling the charity to support the state's most vulnerable
residents with emergency energy bill assistance.

The contribution comes during the 30^th anniversary of the PeopleCare program,
jointly founded and led by The Salvation Army and Consumers Energy.

While formally separate from the PeopleCare program, this $1 million
contribution is additional support from Consumers Energy to help supplement
the Salvation Army's existing energy assistance provision.

"The Salvation Army would like to offer a heartfelt 'thank you' to Consumers
Energy for this generous donation and especially for their long and unwavering
history of support," said Major Thomas Bowers, The Salvation Army Divisional
Commander. "This gift offers a ray of hope for those in our communities who
are experiencing difficulty in paying utility bills as well as providing a
proven way to empower clients to escape from the cycle of recurring need,"
Major Bowers added.

"Tough economic times inspired Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army to
create the PeopleCare program, which has provided emergency help to more than
340,000 Michigan households. We're pleased today to make an additional $1
million contribution to The Salvation Army to further strengthen its ability
to care for our communities and neighbors in need," said Patti Poppe, vice
president of customer experience and operations for Consumers Energy.

Since 1983, Consumers Energy and its customers and employees have partnered
with The Salvation Army to provide money, food, home heating and other
emergency help to people and families in Michigan. Emergency aid of any kind
may be available for those who have suffered a job loss, home foreclosure or
are dealing with high or unexpected medical bills. Since inception, the
PeopleCare program has raised nearly $17 million in employee and customer
contributions, and received $33 million in energy bill credits from Consumers
Energy company.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has
been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865.
Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each
year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing
food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled,
outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and
opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar
raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities
nationwide. For more information, go to

About Consumers Energy:

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. For more information, go to

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: The Salvation Army, Roger A. Snider, Public Relations and
Communications Director, +1-616-459-3433; or Consumers Energy, Dan Bishop,
+1-517-788-2395; or Jeff Holyfield, +1-517-788-2394
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