A Time to Reflect on What We’re Thankful For
For those of us fortunate enough to have reached our destination (whether near or far) this Thanksgiving morning, it’s a nice to take a moment over the morning’s first cup of coffee to reflect on the past year and think about what we’re thankful for. Of course we can all be thankful for reports that the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade balloons may yet fly over the streets of New York City later this morning– if the weather continues to cooperate– delighting children of all ages.
But there is a lot more to think about than that.
We’re thankful for all our customers. They make us who we are. We’ve also had the best year in the company’s history. Again thank you to all our customers from each of of us on the Formaspace team.
Giving Back to the Community
For many people, the start of the holiday season reminds us it’s important to remember those who are in need. Our thoughts are certainly with the people of the Philippines who are recovering from the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan (known as Super Typhoon Yolanda locally). When it came ashore, the typhoon’s winds gusted up to 195 miles per hour. To put that in perspective that’s approaching the wind speeds of an F3 tornado.
And the devastation from the typhoon’s storm surge was comparable to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The United Nations estimates that 11 million people have been affected by the storm, with over 5,600 lives lost. There are many ways to help. To lend your support, you can text TYPHOON to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross or visit the Philippine Red Cross to make a donation. You may also want to support Doctors without Borders who are providing emergency medical services in the devastated areas.
Helping Closer to Home
Many of our customers may not realize that Formaspace has donated time, money, and aviation assets to rescue, recovery, and disaster relief right here at home. Formaspace’s CEO, Jeff Turk, is also a pilot who flies his helicopter for the volunteer Texas Search & Rescue organization. Among the many search and rescue operations TEXSAR has been involved with over the past year, one in particular made national news: Cathy Frye, an award-winning journalist from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette who was lost in a remote area of the Big Bend Ranch State Park. After her husband was able to find help, searchers were eventually able to locate Cathy — alive.
Wishing you all the best this Thanksgiving
From our house, to your house, we wish you all the best this Thanksgiving. We’ll return next week with some exciting news about the company as we look ahead to 2014.