From L to R - Jason Ali, Councillor for Siparia West / Fyzabad; Dana O'Neil Gervais, Councillor for Palo Seco; Arlene Chow, CEO of Heritage Petroleum; and Arlene Ramdeo, Councillor for Erin. (Image courtesy Heritage Petroleum)

Heritage Petroleum has donated over 350 toys to children living in the company’s fence-line communities, bringing them Christmas cheer at the end of what has been a challenging year.

The toys were donated as part of the company’s Christmas Toy Drive initiative to mark Heritage Petroleum’s second (2nd) anniversary.

A release from the company confirms the donation was made yesterday (Tuesday 22nd December 2020), with the donated toys being distributed through the elected Councillors for Palo Seco, Siparia West / Fyzabad and Erin.

The local government councillors had previously identified the families that would benefit most from the donation.

Heritage Petroleum’s Chief Executive Officer Arlene Chow, who oversaw yesterday’s donation on behalf of employees, stated that the company and its employees “are committed to the spirit of volunteerism that would allow them to deepen stakeholder relationships while providing support to its communities where necessary”.

“Heritage Petroleum’s anniversary, which is observed on December 1st each year, is an opportunity for employees to give back to members of the company’s communities through acts of volunteerism,” she explained.  

“Last year, employees marked the occasion by partnering with its communities in projects, which would empower sustainable change.  However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated regulations, employees were unable to partner with the communities in a similar fashion this year,” the Heritage Petroleum CEO noted.

She added: “Recognizing the economic challenges that have arisen because of the pandemic, as well as the time of year that we are celebrating, we felt that we would have the greatest impact by spreading some Christmas cheer to the children residing in our communities.”