Sabra receives grant from BP

Published 10:11 pm Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cougar Oil’s Larry Jones presents Sabra Sanctuary executive director Nancy Travis and board members Paula Robertson and Carl Bowline with a $6,500 check from BP. -- Rick Couch

In the last year, Sabra Sanctuary has lost $30,000 in grants. Thursday, BP helped close the gap with a $6,500 donation.

Larry Jones of Cougar Oil, who made the presentation, secured the grant by nominating the organization through the BP Fueling Communities program.

Jones, whose company is a sponsor of Sabra Sanctuary, said he was pleased he was able to help such a worthy cause.

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“We are really pleased BP made this available for local charities where we operate,” he said.

Sabra Sanctuary executive director Nancy Travis said the donation will have a tremendous impact on services the organization can provide.

“We are so grateful to Larry Jones and Cougar Oil for nominating us to BP,” she said.

“At a time where we have lost those grants, the $6,500 unexpectedly this time of year is fabulous.

“That means we can help our clients with Christmas and with our out-of-shelter clients.”

S.A.B.R.A. is a nonprofit domestic violence and sexual assault program working towards a society in which violence is no longer an issue.

Sabra offers a safe place to stay through its temporary emergency shelter when home isn’t “safe” anymore. S.A.B.R.A. serves the needs of Dallas, Perry, and Wilcox counties.

The BP Fueling Communities program provides grants to local organizations that are nominated by customers like Cougar Oil.