Cans of tuna, ramen noodles, boxes of pasta and bags of rice were stacked almost to the ceiling in the front lobby of the Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Office to be packed away as a part of its food drive to benefit the Richmond Salvation Army.
All throughout the month of August, the Bechtel Parsons group has been accepting can and monetary donations as a part of one of its annual fundraisers.
Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass is under contract to the Program Executive Office, Assembled Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA), to design, build and operate the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant (BGCAPP) located inside the Blue Grass Army Depot.
According to Mark York, a public information officer for Bechtel Parsons, the six separate employee teams that participated in the canned food drive nabbed more than 3,800 cans.
"That is not including our individual dropped off cans," York said. "We have easily over 4,000."
He stated that Bechtel Parsons has been doing the fundraiser in his five years with the group, but the group has been doing it long before his time there.
"The campaign changes every year," he said. "Competition is fun. It gets employees engaged and involved."
While many people donated cans, York said, the group also collected monetary donations and corporate checks to present to Sgt. Kevin Justice with the Salvation Army for the amount of $4,639.
"Our workforce really enjoys being engaged in the community and actively supporting local organizations," he said. "We, as an organization, are very blessed, and we want to give back as much as we can, and the annual food drive gives back to those who provide support and give and address needs within our community."
Bechtel Parsons also does fundraisers in conjunction with other organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Special Olympics, the Children's Charity of the Bluegrass and the American Diabetes Association.
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