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STEUBENVILLE – A dozen Ascent Resources employees put on Santa hats and started sorting dolls, soccer balls, board games and other toys stacked inside the church Grace Point Ministries on Thursday as they prepared to make Christmas more merry for many local families in need.
The company is one of many members of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, which in recent years has organized toy distributions in several counties in eastern Ohio with the help of Toys for Tots.
Other sponsors include Carroll Energy, EQT, Equitrans Midstream, Energy Transfer, Equinor, Seneca Resources, Southwestern Energy, Pin Oak Energy Partners and Williams.
Mike Chadsey, deputy coordinator of the effort, estimated that nearly $ 50,000 was raised by businesses, vendors and contractors working with them and their employees for an effort to purchase the toys at a department store in the region and deliver them by moving the van to five distribution sites. .
Toys were also distributed in Harrison, Belmont, Carroll and Columbiana counties.
In his eighth year as the effort coordinator, Chadsey said reactions from families helped vary.
“Sometimes you will hear a story that makes you cry” he said, referring to the circumstances that led households to financial hardship.
“Sometimes people are so grateful that they give you a hug. “
Chadsey added that there are some who speak little, often because they feel uncomfortable accepting help and that’s okay.
“We want to treat everyone with dignity” he said.
Among Ascent employees who volunteered on Thursday was Brent Riggle, who revealed it was his first year of involvement. Father of three daughters, he criticized his knowledge of Barbie dolls.
“I am delighted to participate in this. This event was absolutely wonderful ”, he said.
Joe Steele, a security supervisor for Ascent, noted that the effort was also supported by around 100 vendors and contractors doing business with the company.
“They come for us every year” he said.
Chadsey also thanked the pastor and congregation of Grace Point Ministries for loaning their spacious facilities, including an audio system on which Christmas music was played, for distribution.
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