CHRISTMAS WISHES: Nearly 2,000 children attended Massey Energy’s Christmas Extravaganza, held last Saturday at the Southside Mall
SOUTH WILLIAMSON — Massey Energy Company and its members held a Christmas Extravaganza last Saturday, giving nearly 6,000 children an early start to the Christmas holiday.
“It is a great feeling to do this,” Massey Energy Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Don L. Blankenship said. “I am bothered by the extreme need of this, but I am happy we can be at the forefront of making Christmas a little brighter for those less fortunate in our area.”
Blankenship, who recently signed a two-year contract with the Richmond, Va.-based company, was on hand at the company’s Pike/Mingo distribution headquarters at the South Side Mall last Saturday. The company held other events in Logan, Boone and Nicholas counties in West Virginia.
About 2,000 children went through the makeshift Winter Wonderland that was assembled at the mall’s northern corridor. Children picked through an assortment of gifts donated by Massey members and a large number of its vendors.
“I am from this area, and I was a like many of these children,” Chris Adkins, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Massey Energy, said. “It’s great to see so many of these children smile...I am a firm believer that if you make kids feel special, they will grow up to be special.”
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HELPING HAND: Over 50 Massey Energy members volunteered their time last Saturday, distributing toys to 2,000 area children as a part of the company’s annual Christmas Extravaganza at the South Siide Mall in South Williamson.
More than 50 Massey members and their families volunteered Saturday at the South Side Mall.
Delilah Baisden, who works at Rawl Sales Processing near Matewan, W.Va., said the event is one of many ways Massey gives back to the community.
“It’s an amazing event, and it puts the holidays into perspective,” she said. “We look at this as a small way to give back to the communities, and a way to help our friends and neighbors in their time of need.”
Jimetta McCoy, a Massey member that heads up the company’s Tug Valley Spousal Group, said the event is one of the group’s largest projects. Members started assembling tools a week before distribution.
“Our spousal group works about three months on this project alone,” she said.
“It is an amazing operation to put something like this together... So many incredible people donate an enormous amount of time to make sure this happens.” New to this year’s event was a certificate for a free personal pan pizza from Giovanni’s.
“So many of our vendors and local businesses really help us in making this event a success,” Adkins said. “We’re a local company that cares about the communities our members call home.”
Massey Energy is the fourth largest coal mining company in the United States by revenue, producing 40 million tons of coal annually.