It's a couple of days before Christmas and I can't help noticing, again, how well our industry steps up to aid those in need or less fortunate than us. From donations to charities such as Toys for Tots, to sponsored events such as the BP's MS 150 race or ExxonMobil's Elves and More Bike Build and Delivery program, this industry gives to the community in many ways. It is something we can be proud of. When someone within our own industry, someone struggling to alter our image and educate the public, has needs, it is especially important that we step up to help. As I write this, the Offshore Energy Center needs our help. The Offshore Energy Center is a non-profit organization that has made significant inroads in energy education through its outreach and curriculum programs to teachers, students and the public and through the operation of the Ocean Star offshore museum. The Ocean Star museum resides in the Ocean Star, a restored jack-up converted to a learning center and open to the public in Galveston, Texas. The Ocean Star survived Hurricane Ike earlier in the year but not without major damage. There was damage to equipment outside the museum's exhibits, including an overturned helicopter, but the worst damage was to the museum's gift shop which was completely destroyed. It is important to the industry that the museum and gift shop are restored. Any help you or your company can give to the Ocean Star Hurricane Ike Repair Fund will be money well invested in our industry. Donations can be sent to the fund at: Offshore Energy Center, 200 N. Dairy Ashford, Suite 6220, Houston, TX 77079. For further information, visit the Offshore Energy Center at