Rig Hands Donate Bonus to Charities

Rig Hands Donate Bonus to Charities

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Fasken Oil and Ranch gives out bonuses to oil companies based on work performance and safety. If someone is hurt throughout the year on the oil rig, that oil company would not be eligible for the extra money. One employee had a small incident that kept him off the job only a couple hours. Fasken agreed to give the money to CanElson anyway knowing the guys wanted to donate it.

"I wanted each crew member to agree to it on their own and not be forced to give a donation. They all banded together and agreed to surrender their bonus if we agreed to pay it. I think it's a wonderful thing for each of the crews to give up a little of their spending money to local charities," Senior Drilling Engineer, Cory Frederick, said.

The guys picked CASA of the Permian Basin and the West Texas Food Bank to donate the money to. Both charities were overwhelmed with the $5,000 Christmas gift.

"I almost started crying because I can't imagine giving up a Christmas bonus. For them to give up a Christmas bonus to make sure other people will have a holiday meal, that's just tremendous," Tina Corbett, Development Director for the West Texas Food Bank, said.

"I can't believe that they would be so generous to take from themselves and give to families that they don't know of. They just know that they're in need, so it means the world," Cynthia Warren, Program Director for CASA, said.

CanElson is challenging other rigs in West Texas to help charities this time of year because Christmas is all about the kids.

"We didn't always have this job, a couple of us had a rough time growing up. It's a bonus so I should share it. It's about the kids and it's Christmas," Motor-hand, Terry Hatcher, said.