Eight years ago, Morehead State University began a Build-A-Bed initiative aimed at ensuring Kentucky children have a place to sleep at night. Since that time, volunteers have built and distributed 900 beds to toddlers through teens over a five-county Kentucky area. After the 2018 event, however, there were 70 children left on the waiting list. Waiting wasn’t an option for the Ashland and Members Choice Credit unions, so they organized a second build for those still in need of a bed.
MPC’s Catlettsburg, Kentucky, refinery contributed $1,500 toward the cost of materials. Refinery Engineer Dave Burns, RAD Lab Technician Rebecca Maynard and Global Procurement Processor Katie Tackett were among the approximately 100 community volunteers showing up for the project.
They arrived at the build to find a well-ordered work site. “There were diagrams showing how to put the beds together, with the wood cut out and screws and bolts in baggies,” notes Maynard, who says she is a bit of a “Miss Fix-it” but had never built a bed. “I was concerned about the children jumping on them and wanted to ensure they were sturdy,” she adds. “Those beds were stronger than my own bed at home.”
Tackett joined the build just after taking part in the annual backpack school-supply drive at the refinery. “When I heard about the Build-A-Bed Project, it really touched me; I wanted to help,” notes Tackett, a California native who has been with MPC for two years. “I am blessed that my job gives me so many opportunities to give back and am proud of how much Marathon does for the community. If I have the time and means to help, I will always jump in.”
When asked why he volunteered for this particular initiative, Burns was quick to answer. “It was the thought of kids sleeping on the floor, a couch, a chair or with multiple others in one bed. Everyone should have a place to lay their head,” he says. “I’m glad I participated; it felt good. It’s nice to work for a company that reaches out to help those around us.”
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