Gas, oil industry sponsors county Toys for Tots distribution

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Williams and Carroll County Energy sponsored a Toys for Tots distribution in Carroll County Dec. 10. From left are: Jake Burnett, Curtis Hartline, Amy Louwers and Daniel Williams, all of Williams and Mike Chadsey, deputy coordinator for Toys for Tots and spokesman for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. Standing in front is Madelyn Lovette, 9.

 Ohio’s oil and gas industry partnered with Toys for Tots in seven counties in eastern Ohio to collect toys for distribution to those in need in early December. The Toys for Tots program, with roots dating back to 1947, has helped countless families over the years. This year, as in past, the local oil and gas industry has joined in to help.  

 A distribution was held Dec. 10 in at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall on Moody Ave. and sponsored by Williams and Carroll County Energy. A total of 108 children from 49 families were assisted. Each child received three toys and the family received a board game and books.

“While Christmas is the best day of the year for some of us, unfortunately for far too many it is not, and it reminds them that perhaps they don’t have anyone to spend the day with or find it hard to deliver on a promise to their children for that special toy,” said Mike Chadsey, deputy coordinator for Toys for Tots and spokesman for the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA). “That is what makes this effort so special for those of us who work in this great industry, because we believe to whom much is given, much is expected. Not only is this our pleasure, but we believe it’s also our responsibility.”  

“I have enjoyed partnering with Ohio’s oil and gas industry these last seven years because these companies and their people have giving hearts and have been an equal partner with the Foundation and we could not do what we do without them,” said Toys for Tots Coordinator Deb Oberlin.

“Its’ been a pretty special day,” Chadsey added. “It’s a chance to give back. We heard some pretty tough stories and some great ones. There were laughs and tears, but in the end it’s worth it.”

The rental truck was sponsored by Diversified Gas & Oil.

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