Looking for a last-minute gift - and a good cause - for the budding petroleum engineer on your Christmas list?
A Texas children’s book publisher is working with Houston-based nonprofit Oilfield Helping Hands (OHH) to donate books to and raise money for oilfield families going through a tough time in the holiday season.
A portion of sales from Punkindooger Publishing’s first two titles - “Goodnight, Drilling Rig” and “O is for Oilfield” - will go to OHH. Shoppers can also make additional donations to have books sent to families in need.
Punkindooger founder and book author Kyle Wagner — a petroleum engineer by trade from Fort Worth and father of two — said he started the publishing project as he was “looking for ways to teach my children about the oil and gas industry” and to support local communities.
“By launching this campaign in tandem with OHH we hope to raise enough funds throughout the holiday season to donate copies of both book titles to daycares, schools and families in need — especially those who have been impacted by Covid-19 and the employment downturn,” Wagner said.
OHH Houston chapter president Bill Markus said: “We are so thrilled to be a part of this inspiring fundraiser at a time when we all need a little something to lift our spirits. It is a real treat to be able to partner with Punkindooger to promote fun and educational books for kids that also help us raise money for hardworking oilfield families.”
Since it was founded in 2003, OHH has distributed more than $5.3 million to industry workers and their families in financial crisis.