Cooking dinner will be a lot easier for about 20 needy
families in Amarillo thanks to the generosity of Pantexans, who used a grocery
store promotion to secure more than $6,000 of cookware for a local charity.
More than 70 pots and pans were donated to local charities
by Pantexans Scott and Lauri Minton, who had been collecting stickers donated
by their coworkers. The stickers represent nearly $100,000 in groceries
purchased from United Grocery Stores, an area chain that has been giving
stickers redeemable for cookware since October.
“I think this really represents the Pantex spirit. As Pantexans,
we are always looking for ways to have a positive impact on our communities,”
said Lauri Minton.
Lauri Minton said she and her husband started collecting the
stickers when they realized they did not need new pots and pans, but that there
were people in Amarillo who did. The Mintons spread the word around the plant,
and were quickly overwhelmed with the positive response.
As the promotion entered the final days, word spread through
social media, and the pace of giving picked up even more.
The pots and pans – over 21 complete sets – were dropped off
at Martha’s Home Friday, an Amarillo shelter that provides a place to live for
homeless women with children while guiding them toward a lifestyle of
self-sufficiency. Several pots and pans were also donated to the Pantex
Christmas Project, which has been providing Christmas gifts to needy families
for more than 50 years.