DELBARTON - Kielty Mining (Ruby Energy), an Alpha Natural Resources mines located on Scarlet Road off of U.S. 119, employees 188 miners. These miners are thankful to be blessed to still be among the employed and made a collective decision to extend a hand to those who are not, doing so through a toy giveaway for area children.
Safety Director for the mines, Gary Neil, told the Williamson Daily News that the schools that were chosen best represented the miners employed at this location, those being Burch Elementary, Lenore K-8, Crum Elementary and the two grade schools in Chapmanville (East and West). The names were then selected by each miner with a few taking multiple names and buying several gifts. Well over 220 gifts were collected, wrapped and prepared for delivery.
“I can’t say enough about the men who work here,” remarked Neil. “They were fantastic. They stepped up to the plate and were all willing to give to someone less fortunate than themselves. Christmas is all about the kids, and we feel that these gifts will help put a smile on their faces.”
“We’ve got some great guys here. They’ve really turned this mines around and with a solid management team in place, I can truly say that in my eyes, Kielty mining is a showcase. It’s a great place to work and I’m proud to be here.”
The gifts were delivered to the schools on Monday of this week, are were a welcome sight for some very happy boys and girls who may not have otherwise, received Christmas presents. The school administrators expressed their gratitude to the coal miners who opened their hearts to these special children whose families are struggling financially.
“We were more than happy to help out,” stated Neil. “Christmas is all about giving, not receiving.”