LyonellBasell employees give back to girl scouts
By by Dianna Wray
April 30, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.
"Awesome," Magical Green-Gonzales, 11, said, taking in the flowers planted around the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas building.
LyondellBaseell employees beamed as a small group of girl scouts took in their handy work.
LyondellBasell's Victoria Plant participated in the company's annual global community service day every year.
This year more than 25 employees turned out on Saturday morning to give their time to the girl scouts.
The group landscaped the lawn of the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas buildings. They also repaired fences, installed shelving and put together picnic tables for the girl scouts to enjoy.
A group of the girl scouts worked cheerfully inside the building, putting together boxes of cookies to mail to soldiers.
Terry Blevins, the director of volunteer services for Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, said they really appreciated the efforts of the volunteers.
"I don't think there's an organization in the area that these girls don't volunteer for. We're just so appreciative of this. Everything is just beautiful," Blevins said, taking in the landscaping.
Debbie Hensley said she volunteered to participate in global service day, because she wanted to show her children how important it is to give back to the community.
"The community gives to us, and we need to give something back," Hensley said.
Rachelle Escalante echoed her sentiments.
"It's a community service. Anytime you can reach out and help the community, it's important to do it," Escalante said.
LyondellBasell donated $2,000 in project materials and the volunteers gave their time.
The girl scouts grinned as they stood looking at the newly landscaped yard, complete with neat red bricks lining the freshly mulched gardens.
"It's beautiful," Jasmine Mican, 11, said.
"We help other people out so they came to help us, and we all help each other. It's really nice."