Oil and gas companies donate to Carlsbad charities as COVID-19 pandemic increases needs
Oil and gas companies are responding to increased needs in Carlsbad amid the COVID-19 pandemic, donating funds to local charities in the area.
XTO Energy announced a $20,000 contribution to the Carlsbad Community Foundation for its Packs for Hunger Program, which provides a backpack full of food and pantry items to children and families in need.
Reliance on the program increased during the pandemic, as many family members were out of work and faced increasing health risks.
Packs for Hunger was feeding up to 196 families in Carlsbad and Loving, read a news release from the City of Carlsbad, and officials expected the need to grow by summer.
In response to the increased need, Packs for Hunger increased its offering to local families, by providing food boxes of non-perishable items such as beans, pasta and nuts, with each box weighing about 20 to 25 pounds.
“With so many lives upended due to the COVID-19 crisis, the need has never been greater for local organizations such as Packs for Hunger who are committed to feeding our children,” said Carlsbad Dale Janway.
“Thank you to XTO Energy for once again displaying a long-term commitment to this community and its residents.”
The program’s main fundraising event known as The Mayor’s Shindig was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent public health orders restricting large gatherings and asking residents to stay home.
Program Director Carol Worley said the postponement of the event made corporate donations more important to the program.
“This donation provided by XTO will boost our efforts of serving families faster because our program does not require a cumbersome application process for families to prove need,” Worley said. “We are very blessed with caring corporate neighbors like XTO Energy to help us to feed families in our area.
“At Packs for Hunger, believe if we can change the life of one child, how many lives will that one child change?”
XTO responded to a $6,100 invoice from the Carlsbad Fire Department to help with the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), to be shared with area first responders.
“Now more than ever our nation's first responders are working around the clock, risking their lives to care for the sick,” read an XTO statement. “The risk of exposure can be managed and possibly prevented by having the proper PPE and we are happy to help in any way we can.”
Another major oil and gas producer Chevron Energy donated $230,000 across Permian Basin non-profits in Eddy and Lea counties, and in West Texas.
United Way of Eddy County received $65,000 from the donation.
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Linda Dodd, executive director said the charity also saw increased needs during pandemic including meals and housing support.
“This donation comes at a time when our agency is going full throttle to fulfill our mission of meeting community needs, whether they be senior citizen meals, food for children and families, housing insecurity, and more,” Dodd said.
“We see a long road ahead, and we can’t thank Chevron enough for this vital support.”
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