|Haun Welding Supply Sales Rep John Wilmarth (left) and William Stadelman|
With the holiday season in full swing (and the economic scales starting to tip in a positive direction), the spirit of giving is stronger than ever. I want to highlight the efforts of a couple of GAWDA distributor members who have been involved in some great projects that represent the industry in a great way.
Last week, I spoke with Haun Welding Supply, located in Syracuse, NY, who played a major role in making a wish come true for a welding student who is fighting brain cancer. When William Stadelman became too sick to attend classes, he asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help turn his garage into a welding shop so that he could keep up with his favorite subject. Haun Welding Supply outside sales rep John Wilmarth found out about it through Stadelman’s welding instructor, John Shear, and couldn’t turn down the opportunity to make a difference.
In the 8 months since he found out about the wish, Wilmarth worked alongside Miller Electric and Haun’s supplier partners to bring together more than $15,000 in equipment, gases and accessories for Stadelman’s shop. It really shows what can be accomplished when distributors and suppliers come together for a common cause. What a great project, and what a difference it will make for the welding student.
Next, I found out via twitter about nexAir’s donation to help the local Meals On Wheels campaign in Memphis, TN. The company’s employees, all the way up to the executive level with CFO Milton Lovell, showed their support by donating time and money to help deliver Christmas meals to those in need. In all, the company contributed $5,000, which will fund 750 meals. Hats off to you!
With the most recent GAWDA Gives Back campaign exceeding $200,000 for the benefit of Maui’s Child and Family Service charity, it’s no secret that GAWDA members are a selfless, caring group. I am never surprised, but always thrilled to see the projects members are involved in.
How does your company make a difference? Did you take part in any special holiday charity projects in 2010? I’d love to hear about it.