Nearly 500 volunteers from Valero Energy Corporation teamed up with officers of the San Antonio Police Department and local charitable agencies to bring a brighter holiday season to more than 125 needy families in the San Antonio area.
Each year, Valero Volunteers purchase and wrap gifts for “adopted” families that need extra help, and then deliver them to the families alongside dozens of San Antonio police officers. In this year’s effort, Valero Volunteers adopted more than 120 families from names provided by Blue Santa, Any Baby Can, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Home Care, and Family Service Association.
“The Adopt-A-Family program has become one of Valero's biggest holiday traditions,” said Al Philippus, Valero’s Vice President-Corporate Services & Security and a retired San Antonio police chief. “It’s a great opportunity for us at Valero to help ensure that those in need have a holiday filled with hope.”
Blue Santa, the Police Department’s blue-suited Santa Claus, arrived at Valero headquarters this morning to thank Valero Volunteers before heading up a caravan of police cars and volunteers’ vehicles out into the community to deliver the donated gifts.
The event coincides with Valero’s annual Christmas Dinner, a festive event that will take place Thursday, Dec. 15 at Valero’s headquarters for senior citizens from the Ella Austin Center as well as children and young adults from Roy Maas Youth Alternative Center, the San Antonio Children’s Shelter, St. Jude’s and St. Peter-St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.
Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 22,000 people, and assets include 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion gallons per year, and a 50-megawatt wind farm. Approximately 6,800 retail and branded wholesale outlets carry the Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Shamrock and Beacon brands in the United States and the Caribbean; Ultramar in Canada; and Texaco in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Valero is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio. Please visit www.valero.com for more information.