Toy teamwork: TransCanada’s Houston Lateral Project construction team display their haul of toys they rounded up during a toy drive for children in Baytown, Texas.
This holiday season, TransCanada employees working on the Houston Lateral Project decided they should celebrate the season’s spirit of giving with a toy drive and fundraiser to benefit local Texas families in the Baytown community.
“This time of year is about giving. We wanted to contribute to the community where we work and organizing a toy drive and fundraiser for children seemed like a fun way to share holiday cheer with local families in need of a little help,” said John Steward, TransCanada construction project manager on the Houston Lateral Project and organizer of the toy drive.
Employees were happy and humbled to support families in need during this holiday season. “The joy in the children’s faces when they receive a special gift, just for them, makes this toy drive even more special,” Steward said.
More than 40 TransCanada employees participated in the toy drive, donating a variety of toys including, dolls, trucks, sporting goods, bicycles and more. In addition to the toy drive, employees were also able to raise more than $1,100.
The toys and monetary donation were delivered by employees on December 19, 2013, to the Harvest Temple Ministries in Baytown. The toys went to families served by the organization and the monetary donation contributed to the group’s Compassion Fund which serves qualifying families with emergency funds for food, electricity and rent.
The Houston Lateral Project is a 48-mile (77-kilometre), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline. It will receive crude oil from the TransCanada Gulf Coast Pipeline, in Liberty County, and deliver crude oil to a new TransCanada tank terminal in East Harris County that will provide access to the refinery complex in the Greater Houston area.
During construction, the Houston Lateral Project will support approximately 650 construction-related jobs in Texas. Upon completion, the Houston Lateral will be capable of transporting up to 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day and shall become an integrated component of the TransCanada Gulf Coast Project and Keystone Pipeline Systems.