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Christmas elves needed to brighten the holiday season for others

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE EMPIRE DISTRICT ELECTRIC COMPANY

CHRISTMAS ELVES NEEDED TO BRIGHTEN THE HOLIDAY SEASON FOR OTHERS

JOPLIN, MO – November 15, 2013 – Since 1987 employees and customers of The Empire District Electric Company have provided holiday cheer to their elderly neighbors who are alone through the Christmas Elves program. Over the years, tens of thousands of gifts have been distributed to elderly customers who live alone. This year is no different as over 100 elderly friends and neighbors will rely upon a generous Christmas Elf to deliver a little ho-ho-ho into their holiday.

To become a Christmas Elf, simply visit the Joplin or Branson Empire office beginning Monday, November 18, select the name and wish list of an elderly neighbor, fill all or part of their list, and return the wrapped gifts to the location where you selected the name by Wednesday, December 4.

The gifts will be delivered to recipients before Christmas.

Wish lists are often quite simple and include items such as gloves, socks and slippers, blankets, stationery and stamps, pet food and supplies, and non-perishable food items. Elves are asked to limit the size and weight of boxes – large or heavy boxes can be difficult for both volunteers and recipients to handle.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE) is an investor-owned, regulated utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 216,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the company provides fiber optic services.

For more information regarding Empire, visit www.empiredistrict.com.

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