Range Gives Back During Holiday Season

Dec 19, 2014

For many charities around the country – the holiday season is often when they see their biggest donations come through.  Range supports upwards of one hundred charities throughout the year with not only monetary donations – but also the time and volunteer efforts of employees who care deeply about the communities where they live and work. Over the holiday season -- as part of a regular pattern of giving throughout the year – Range employees at different offices target one or more charities to get behind as a group.   For some – that might mean “adopting” children to ensure they have a special Christmas – for others – a Santa Breakfast and toy drive that brings employees and their families together for a great cause.   In every effort – a common theme resounds:  giving back … taking care of others … and making Christmas merrier for families and children who need some extra help this year. 

Fort Worth

FortWorthNearly 100 years ago – the first children’s hospital in the area began with the organization of the Fort Worth Free Baby Hospital.   Today – Cook Children’s Healthcare System is one of the largest pediatric care providers in the Southwest; and a nationally recognized leader in children’s healthcare.  But medical expertise is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to caring for children and their families.  Emotional care – giving young patients a reason to smile as they battle a physical crisis -- is another; and that’s where the employees at Range’s Forth Worth office put their collective efforts this year. This was the first year the Fort Worth office supported Cook Children’s.  Employees came together to fulfill a Holiday Wish List provided by the hospital and its foundation.  The biggest need reported by the hospital was infant, toddler and preschool age toys.


CanonsburgToysforTotsFor more than 65 years – members of the United States Marine Corps Reserves have been collecting and distributing toys to children in need. Their nationwide program known as “Toys for Tots” is responsible for distributing more than 496 million toys over six plus decades.  The stated primary goal of Toys for Tots “is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.” This year – the Canonsburg office of Range Resources continued its tradition of supporting this respected national charity.  It’s an effort that began in 2008 as employees pulled together and collected toys and cash donations over the holiday season.  In 2010 – those efforts were expanded – as Range vendors were invited to take part as well.   This year, Range and Range vendors donated more than $30,000 worth of toys, gifts and money to Toys for Tots.  Part of that donation included filling a 25 foot trailer truck to the brim with a collection of toys and gifts that included video games, bicycles, Legos, dolls and everything in between.   As part of the Toys for Tots toy drive and fundraising effort Range employees organized the second annual Santa breakfast for Range employees, vendors and their families.   The distribution of the toys and cash donations that Range collected this year will be overseen by the North-Western Washington/Green Counties PA Toys for Tots team; coordinated by Mike Pallesco.  More than 4,000 children will benefit.  Mike’s father Ralph ran the area organization for many years until he passed away in 2013.  Now, his son is making sure that local kids and families in need still have plenty of reasons to smile on Christmas morning.  And according to Mike, "Working with Range is a relief - knowing I can count on their support and knowing they'll come through for the kids." 

Oklahoma City

In Oklahoma City – Infant Crisis Services distributes upwards of 84,000 diapers to 1,800 babies every month.And still – the need is so great that Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin declared a statewide “Diaper Need Awareness Week” this past fall – hoping to shed more light on an issue that can cause health problems for infants and toddlers who need clean diapers throughout the day.  This year – Range’s Oklahoma City office stepped in to help – designating Infant Crisis Services as their holiday charity for 2014.  In addition to diapers – employees have been gathering sippy cups, bottles, baby bath and shampoo items, pacifiers, formula, toys, clothing and other necessary household items for families with babies or toddlers at home.  And dollar for dollar – Range is matching employees’ purchase amounts.  The “matching money” will go toward two additional Oklahoma City charities: the Polar Express campaign will use Range funds to provide 30 children in need with new pajamas, lunch and a surprise golden ticket to the North Pole by way of the Polar Express; while the rest of the funds go to OK Foster Wishes – an organization that connects the community with opportunities to support, serve and connect with Oklahoma children affected by abuse, neglect and abandonment. 

To learn more visit Range's corporate giving section of the Company's website.