From warm clothes to hot meals, Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) employees are making a difference in our communities and positively impacting the lives of others this holiday season.
“This really is a special time of year where we can spread a little joy to others,” said Karyn Kamphaus, Community Relations Representative for MPC. “It’s amazing to see the effort put into these unique giving opportunities. Our employees strive to give from the heart, and it puts a smile on the face of so many people.”
Read how some Marathon Petroleum employees dedicated their time and resources this holiday season.
Anacortes, Washington – The Anacortes refinery hosted a holiday drive to collect toys for the Skagit Valley Herald Christmas Fund that supports 1,800 families and more than 5,000 children. The Contractor Safety Council and Tara Havard, Adv. Commercial Sourcing Advisor at the refinery, organized the drive that raised nearly $19,000 plus toys for the fund.
Canton, Ohio – Canton Terminal Operations, Transport & Rail Ohio East Fleet, and Logistics & Storage Support Services collaborated to provide Christmas gifts for two foster children and two families. The families included a single mother of three trying to make ends meet and a family of four who lost their home in a fire.
Catlettsburg, Kentucky – Together with the Tri-State chapter of the American Red Cross and local American Legions, members of the Catlettsburg refinery’s HONOR Veterans employee network chapter put together more than 150 gift bags filled with toiletries and other items to support patients at four area VA facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia, as part of the annual Holiday for Heroes event. MPC employees will help deliver those gift bags to local veterans in the days leading up to Christmas.
Detroit, Michigan – The Detroit refinery hosted its last Fueling Detroit community event of the year at the Kemeny Recreation Center. More than 1,000 residents attended Santa Day. In partnership with Southwest Solutions, the event featured games for children in the gym, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating and letter-writing. All residents were invited to the resource room to visit nonprofit organizations with health and financial wellness information. The first 200 residents received a wrapped board game to open during the holidays.
East Sparta, Ohio – Marathon Pipe Line’s (MPL) operations in East Sparta donated over $1,000 worth of toys to the local chapter of The Helping Hands Network, an independent non-profit organization that supports families in need. MPL’s donation is helping to ensure more than 120 kids in Northeast Ohio will have something to open on Christmas morning.
Findlay, Ohio – On the 30th anniversary of Clothe-A-Child of Ohio, employees from Marathon Petroleum were part of the volunteers who helped 45 children shop for clothes and shoes. The organization uses donations to purchase new clothes for children in Hancock County in need.
Our ARISE Women’s employee network chapter in Findlay hosted a donation drive and volunteer event to put together shelter exit baskets for Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services. These kits provide home and family hygiene essentials to those leaving the shelter as they begin their new lives. The 25 kits were then taken to Open Arms' offices ready for distribution.
Our PROMISE Black employee network chapter in Findlay organized a canned food and essentials drive for West Ohio Food Bank. More than 100 canned foods and essentials were collected from the event.
Our HONOR Veterans employee network chapter in Findlay adopted a family through the Hancock County Veteran Service Office Salute a Veteran program. They purchased gifts for the family that included four children who lost their father earlier this year.
Our Hispanic employee network (FAMILIA) chapter in Findlay volunteered at the West Ohio Food Bank. Network members loaded food into cars for more than 40 families and helped pack more than 300 boxes of canned foods for the Salvation Army.
Galveston Bay, Texas – To help make the holidays a bit brighter, the Galveston Bay refinery made a $5,000 donation to the Texas City Independent School District Foundation for the Future. That money will help the foundation purchase hundreds of toys for students at 10 schools.
Garyville, Louisiana – In early December, military members stationed at over a dozen overseas locations started receiving Louisiana-themed care packages put together by employees and contractors from the Garyville facility. It is part of the refinery’s annual Support Our Troops campaign, which kicked off in mid-October and ran through the end of November. With the support of key suppliers, a total of 504 packages were delivered to troops unable to make it home for the holidays. Students in St. John the Baptist Parish Schools contributed handmade cards in the care packages.
Houston, Texas – Employees at the Houston office donated money for teddy bears for the Ronald McDonald House. The organization provides comfort, care and support for families with sick children when needed most. Employees donated $890, which will help provide 89 teddy bears.
Los Angeles, California – For more than two decades, employees and contractors from the Los Angeles refinery have supported local families in need through its Adopt-A-Family event held at the facility each December. This year, along with the nonprofits SBCC Thrive LA, Carson and Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor and Carson, they adopted 28 local families and more than 75 children to brighten up their holidays.
Employees from the Los Angeles refinery Technical Services Department put their creative skills to work making and decorating whimsical hats for hospitalized children fighting cancer and other critical illnesses. They made and decorated 55 hats for the Happy Hats for Kids nonprofit organization.
Martinez, California – Employees at the renewable fuels facility donated bicycles, scooters, helmets, toys, gift cards and cash to the 15th annual Operation Santa event. In conjunction with the Viet Nam Veterans of Diablo Valley and Blue Star Moms, retired and active military families were invited to the event that featured a visit with Santa, gifts, interactive games, a meal and performances by local high school choirs.
Mt. Airy, Louisiana – MPLX Mt. Airy terminal employees adopted the Garyville/Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School located in St. John the Baptist Parish. Employees raised more than $1,700 to purchase gifts for 315 elementary children. Employees Peter Rodrigue and Marc Oubre dressed up as Santa and Buddy the elf to distribute gifts while their fellow employees provided cookies and juice for all to enjoy.
Robinson, Illinois – With help from the Health, Environmental & Safety department, the Community Action Team from the Robinson refinery put on its annual holiday party for the Lawrence Crawford Association of Exceptional Citizens, a service organization that provides support to adults who have an intellectual or developmental disability. Employee volunteers from MPC catered a warm meal for attendees and gave them a gift.
San Antonio, Texas – Employees at the San Antonio office adopted nearly 200 Angels for The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Employees purchased necessities and gifts for children and seniors for the holidays. Volunteers also helped distribute gifts to families at The Salvation Army Toy Shop.