Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for the ‘Happy Holidays’ Category

Gift of Warmth — 4th Annual Blanket Drive!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

SHAW’S will be hosting our 4th Annual Blanket Drive!blanket-drive

Shaw’s is giving the Gift of Warmth

Cold weather serves as a reminder that the kind of warmth and comfort that so many of us enjoy is hard to come by for others. Make a difference in the lives of those in need by giving the gift of warmth.

Starting October 1, 2016 through December 21, 2016

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Gift of Warmth Blanket Drive – WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL! THANK YOU!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

GOAL: 250/500 — FINAL: 350/700!

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This is our 3rd year doing our Gift of Warmth Blanket Drive. We would like to thank all of our amazing customers, family, and friends for helping us to meet our goal this year and to surpass last year’s goal!

We were able to collect 350 blankets and Shaw’s matched that number so we delivered a total of 700 blankets to the Lemoore Christian Aid. All the blankets will be distributed to homeless families, or families in need in our community. The blankets range from king size comforters to baby blankets. There will be a lot of warm and happy people enjoying these blankets.

A special thank you goes out to all the kids, teachers, staff and parents from Island Union School. Without their help we would not have surpassed our goal from last year.

Great job!

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Blanket Drive Winter 2015!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Help us surpass last year collection of 212 blankets and hit this years goal of 250!

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We’re hosting our 3rd annual blanket drive. Starting October 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015.

Don’t let anyone be left in the cold! Help us collect and donate blankets to our local Kings County homeless shelters.

 

You can either drop off your new or gently used blanket at the Shaw’s located at:

16838 18th Avenue
Lemoore, CA 93245

… or we will be happy to pick them up at your home. Just give us a call!Blanket drive_11.21.13

Shaw’s will match all donations and will deliever all the blankets to our local Kings County homeless shelters.

All types of blankets are welcome! Cotton, wool, polyester, blends.

Find more info at: www.shawsacandheating.com, Like Us on our Facebook page, or call the office 559-925-9923.

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Gift of Warmth – 3rd Annual Blanket Drive

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Cold weather serves as a reminder that the kind of warmth and comfort that so many of us enjoy is hard to come by for others. Make a difference in the lives of those in need by giving the gift of warmth. Shaw’s will be hosting our 3rd annual blanket drive. Starting October 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015.

Horizons-Fleece-Twin-size-Blanket-MLB13368229You can either drop off your new or gently used blanket at the shop at:

16838 18th Avenue
Lemoore, CA 93245

… or we can pick them up at your home.

We will match all donations and will be taking all the blankets to our local Kings County homeless shelters.

cotton-linen-day-blankets-close-up_1 Last year we delivered 212 blankets and our goal this year is at least 250 blankets.

Find more info at: www.shawsacandheating.com, Like Us on our Facebook page, or call the office 559-925-9923.

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Gift of Warmth – Thank you!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

thank youThis winter season, we’ve had our share of cold weather, and it serves as a reminder that the kind of warmth and comfort that so many of us enjoy is hard to come by for others.

With the help of Island Elementary School students, Shaw’s Blanket Drive was a huge success! This last week we delivered 350 blankets to KCAO in Hanford. They will in turn give the blankets to the Kings County women’s shelter and a number of different homeless families in our community.

Thank you to all of our customers, family, friends, and Island School families for your generous donations.

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When New Year’s Day Was Not on January 1st

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Some holidays fall on shifting calendar days for every year, such as Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon to occur on or after March 21). Other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween, are fixed. No holiday has a more solid calendar date attached to it than New Year’s Day. It has to fall on January 1st because it celebrates the first day of a new year. That only makes sense…

…except that, like most things that at first appear obvious, there is a bit more to the story. The beginning of the year was not always on the first of January. As with an enormous numbers of traditions in the Western World, the establishment of January 1st as the inaugural day of a new year goes back to the ancient Romans.

The modern solar calendar is derived from the Roman model, but the earliest Roman calendars did not have 365 days in a year spread over 12 months. Instead, there were 304 days spread over 10 months. The Romans believed this calendar originated with the mythical founder of the city, Romulus. If Romulus were a real person, we can credit him with a poor understanding of the seasons, as this abbreviated calendar soon got out of sync with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Numa, one of the Kings of Rome (probably also fictional) receives credit for creating a longer year with two added months, Ianuarius and Februarius, bringing the number of days in the year to 355. The new month of Ianuarius, named after Ianus (Janus in contemporary spelling), the god of beginnings, would eventually be known in English as January. But when this new calendar was instituted, January was not the first month. March, named after the god of war, remained the first month, and March 1st was New Year’s Day.

This extended calendar still did not keep in synch with the seasons. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar instituted reforms to align the calendar correctly according to calculations of astronomers, with an additional 10 days distributed across the year. January also became set as the first month, and offerings to the god Janus on this day started the tradition we now know as New Year’s. The date still fluctuated during the ensuing centuries, with a number of Western European holy days treated as the beginning of the year instead. It wasn’t until the next calendar reform in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar, that the date of the New Year was fixed at January 1st.

However you choose to celebrate the beginning of the current calendar, everyone here at Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating you have a wonderful 2015!

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Why Do We Hang Up Mistletoe?

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Of course, you probably know part of the answer to this question already. You hang up mistletoe so that the people standing underneath can share a romantic holiday kiss! But what you may not realize is that the origin of this longstanding ritual predates many of the other holiday traditions we celebrate today. Why would a plant that has many poisonous varieties (most types sold for use in the home have few negative effects, but you can wrap it in netting to prevent children from consuming any fallen berries or leaves) be used as a symbol of holiday affection?

There are a couple of ways to explain the positive associations of (potentially hazardous) mistletoe. For one, this semi-parasitic plant has long been hailed as a treatment for illnesses and pain. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it to cure cramps, epilepsy, and more. Even today, mistletoe extracts are one of the leading alternative medicines studied for their effectiveness in killing cancer cells. And because the early Celtic Druids saw it as a sign of healing and life, they may be the first to bestow upon the plant its romantic associations, deeming it worthy of treating the infertile.

But it is Norse mythology that is likely responsible for a majority of the modern traditions associated with this small hanging bunch. One of the powerful Norse god Odin’s sons, named Baldur, was said to be invincible due to an oath his mother took to protect him from harm. But Loki, a god who often set out to make trouble for the gods, set out to find the one thing that could do some damage, and eventually discovered that Baldur’s mother Frigg had never included mistletoe in her invincibility oath. When mistletoe was finally responsible for her son’s demise, the grieving Frigg vowed that the plant would never again be used to hurt another living thing, and that she would plant a peaceful kiss upon anyone who walked underneath it.

And that is one of the reasons that, today, kissing under the mistletoe is viewed as a source of good luck. From our family to yours, we wish you a safe holiday season, and we hope that you and your family are full of joy and good fortune—mistletoe or not! Happy holidays from Shaw’s Air Conditioning!

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Will Thanksgiving Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

We’ve all heard it before: you feel so sleepy after a Thanksgiving meal because of the main event: the turkey. For years, people have credited extraordinary levels of tryptophan in turkey as the reason we all feel the need to nap after the annual feast. But contrary to this popular mythology, tryptophan is probably not he largest responsible party for your post-meal exhaustion.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it’s something that our bodies need but do not produce naturally. Your body uses tryptophan to help make vitamin B3 and serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that sends chemicals to the brain to aid in sleep. But in order to get this essential amino acid, we have to eat foods that contain it.

Turkey has somewhat high levels of tryptophan, but so do many other foods, including eggs, peanuts, chocolate, nuts, bananas, and most other meats and dairy products. In fact, ounce-for-ounce cheddar cheese contains a greater amount of tryptophan than turkey. In order for tryptophan to make you feel sleepy, you would have to consume it in excessive amounts, and serotonin is usually only produced by tryptophan on an empty stomach.

The truth is, overeating is largely responsible for the “food coma” many people describe post-Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of energy for your body to process a large meal, and the average Thanksgiving plate contains about twice as many calories as is recommended for daily consumption. If anything, high levels of fat in the turkey cause sleepiness, as they require a lot of energy for your body to digest. Lots of carbohydrates, alcohol, and probably a bit of stress may also be some of the reasons it feels so satisfying to lay down on the couch after the meal and finally get a little bit of shut-eye.

If you feel the need to indulge in a heaping dose of tryptophan this year, go ahead! Turkey also contains healthy proteins and may even provide a boost for your immune system. Here at Shaw’s Air Conditioning, we hope your Thanksgiving is full of joy and contentment this year. Happy feasting!

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The Very First Labor Day Celebration

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at Shaw’s Air Conditioning wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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Gift of Warmth – 2nd Annual Blanket Drive

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Starting to do your Fall cleaning? Have extra gently used or new blankets? We will gladly accept them!

Cold weather serves as a reminder that the kind of warmth and comfort that so many of us enjoy is hard to come by for others. Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need by giving the gift of warmth.

Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating is proud to be hosting our 2nd Annual Blanket Drive starting October 1, 2014 and running thru December 31, 2014. During these three (3) months, you can either drop off your new or gently used blanket at our office located at 16838 18th Avenue, Lemoore, CA 93245 or we will happily pick them up at your home. How convenient is that!

Shaw’s is matching all donations and will deliver the blankets to our local Kings County homeless sheltersLast year we delivered 212 blankets. This year our goal is 250. Help us reach our goal!

To find out more information:
On our web site: www.shawsacandheating.com
Like Us: Facebook
Call us: 559-925-9923

Images from our 2013 Blanket Drive

Delivery of the blankets.

Unloading the truck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff and Annette Shaw with their daughter displaying a blanket.

Jeff and Annette Shaw with their daughter displaying a blanket.

Shaw’s team delivering the blankets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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