Winter Coats Under the Tree for Matthew 25 Ministries

One of the other things we do well around here (beside making awesome products) is giving back to our community. Our late founder Roy Sweeney began, and our current President Bryan Peters continues, a focus upon the needs of others.

Today, we are bringing these 35 winter coats over to Matthew 25 Ministries so they can be distributed to anyone in need. Matthew 25 serves our local community very well, as well as nationally and worldwide.

A handful of our employees used their volunteer day to give their time to a Disabled American Veterans event earlier this year and recognized a need for warm coats. That need caused the idea to gather coats this winter.

EXAIR provides this volunteer day for all employees to get paid and volunteer their time toward a cause of their choosing. We have all been impacted by the time spent and the stories we have heard about how valuable a day these have been for all involved.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the coat drive! EXAIR, as a company, is thankful and grateful we have such great and generous people to work with who recognize the value of helping others. You guys are the best! Enjoy the Holidays and Merry Christmas.

Be Thankful and Be Giving

Well, Thanksgiving continues to give… When I got on the scales this morning, it said that I had a whale of Thanksgiving. Add to that, I have enough leftovers to last me until Christmas! Although they will have spoiled by then, I cannot bring myself to throw away good food. My mother’s admonishing word’s “eat everything on your plate, there are starving children in China that would be happy to have it”. There in lies my post thanksgiving thoughts.

While many of us gorged ourselves, there are 17.2 million households, (1 in 7) here in America that do not know where their next meal is coming from. More than 16 million (almost 1 in 5) American children are at risk of hunger.  Almost 50 million Americans struggled to feed themselves and their children.

EXAIR, through its own behavior, helps to encourage its employees to help others. They have provided all of us a good example throughout the year as they have helped out a number of charities. The Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Martin district-Saint Vincent de Paul, Special Olympics, Natalie Fossier Memorial Fund, and Capt. Seth Mitchell Memorial Scholarship have all benefitted. Many of us, individually, have chosen to help out within our communities, churches or local organizations. I am thankful to work for a company that provides this kind of example and encourages us to be at our best.

If, at all possible this year, please think of how you may help your communities and take some action on those thoughts.

Joe Panfalone
Application Engineer
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An Attitude of Gratitude

Beyond the turkey and stuffing, Thanksgiving is certainly a calendar date reminding us to try to be thankful. But shouldn’t we try to practice this as much as possible all the time? An attitude of gratitude is a powerful thing, and not something I have always had or can always keep up. So it is helpful to also have the calendar date as a reminder.

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get”.  ~Frank A. Clark

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily”.  ~Gerald Good

My boys and I spent Monday evening at their Boy Scout pack meeting. This months events were centered around giving thanks to our military. The boys packed up care packages for the troops overseas with gum, snacks and candy. But along with the “goods” they also wrote a letter to the recipients. My seven-year old, who can’t spell every word he can speak asked me for some help to say…”Dear Soldier, Thank you for keeping me safe and letting me have fun while you are fighting hard. I hope you enjoy the candy. Merry Christmas”. He was just giving his gratitude away – and guess what, it made him feel good. Gratitude is one of those things you have to give away to get more.

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all”.  ~William Faulkner

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.  It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance”.  ~Joseph Addison

EXAIR’s employees would like to thank Roy Sweeney, who began EXAIR in 1983 and has given many folks an opportunity.

We also want to express our gratitude to all of our distributors throughout the world, we know you are working hard for us.

And to you, our customers – thanks for giving us something to do and problems to solve, we appreciate you counting on us.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude”.  ~Cynthia Ozick

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them”.  ~Chinese Proverb

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer
kirkedwards@exair.com