As 2015 came to a close, employees from across Martin Marietta worked to spread the Company’s good fortune to their local communities. The examples that follow are just a sampling of their efforts.
With Thanksgiving nearing in Arkansas, the Little Rock Area Ready Mix team took it upon themselves to collect food for needy veterans. The team’s donations totaled one chicken, one ham, 11 turkey breasts and 48 turkeys.
In Tyler, Texas, 221 employees in the East Texas Ready Mix and North East Texas Ready Mix areas collected more than 3,222 pounds of food for the East Texas Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank during their inaugural Holiday Season Food Drive. The donations provided 2,700 meals for men, women and children in need.
In the Arkansas Aggregate District, employees in Hot Springs hosted a Christmas party at the Hillcrest Children’s Home, a residential care campus for children in need of a temporary home. After all the gifts were under the tree, 26 children had each received $100 worth of gifts provided by Martin Marietta and its partners. The Company also made a substantial donation of hygiene and cleaning products to the Ouachita Children’s Center, a neighboring facility.
In North Carolina, employees in the Corporate and Raleigh District offices hit the toy stores early, purchasing 190 new and unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign. In addition, the organization received more than $200 in monetary donations. Similar efforts were made at Midlothian Cement Plant in Texas, where employees donated Barbie dolls, sporting equipment, crayons and coloring books, fire engines, race cars and a number of other children’s toys to the 31st annual Ellis County Toy Run.
While donations and gifts make for an easy way to spread holiday cheer, they are by no means the only ways Company employees opted to do so. Some got a bit creative.
Once the ready mix team in Tyler ran out of food to donate, they turned their attentions to the city’s annual Christmas Parade, festively decorating a mixer truck for the community’s enjoyment.
Driven by Rick Stone, the truck was flanked by Rodney Billion, Jaccob Kieliszewski, Randy Humphrey and his son, Andon, and James Balluh, who escorted the vehicle the length of the parade.
In Colorado, where Santa dodges mountain peaks to deliver presents to those on The Nice List, the sales team in the Rocky Mountain Aggregate District spread good tidings to 2,500 customers in the region with a custom-designed holiday card. Featuring the Big Guy in red flying through light snow over Spec Agg Quarry, the card was designed by Micaela Martinez and Nathan Grueter.
“These are spectacular efforts made by many of our best people. They represent just a handful of the ways our Company and our employees work in the community throughout the year,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Anne Lloyd, who oversees Martin Marietta’s corporate giving programs. “I’m proud of the steps our employees take to be good neighbors and I’m excited to see where such work takes us in 2016.”