Written on: January 6, 2017 by ICM
As Christmas celebrations end on Friday, January 6 with recognition of Three Kings Day (Día De Los Reyes Magos) or The Epiphany, one final holiday story deserves acknowledgment.
A heart warming story reflected a house warming project as a successful HVAC company upgraded heat conditions for three Trenton families.
High Tec HVAC, with offices in Southampton, Pa. and downtown Trenton, wanted to deliver a special gift to three city families, especially after the company landed the heating and ventilation contract at the Roebling Lofts project.
The HHG Development Associates project will transform a dilapidated old iron works building into 138 lofts.
High Tec President Ed DeAngelis flipped his company’s good fortune by finding three local families who needed help with their heating systems. His company produced a “Heat for the Holidays” mission that replaced a heating system for one family, delivered a hot air furnace to another, and offered new boiler for another.
DeAngelis described the contribution, including complete installation, as a labor of love, offered to improve Trenton.
“Just a little bit. If everyone just gave something then this city would see a positive change. I truly believe that’s going to happen,” DeAngelis said.
“We felt so fortunate to be working in the building that we wanted to make sure that some of our good fortune made its way to residents. We had full cooperation from our installation group.”
DeAngelis’ company generally connects with major projects, not residential initiatives.
“It’s something we wanted to do,” DeAngelis said, making the project sound missionary.
Mercer County CYO and Roebling Lofts management helped High Tec with the family selection process.
The “Heat for the Holidays” project produced no major issues. In fact, DeAngelis said the major problem involved convincing construction Director Mike Castelli to slip into a Santa Claus suit.
“I wanted to have Santa at each home. Mike’s been here for 35 years and he’s not exactly the Santa Claus type,” DeAngelis joked. “But Mike’s heart melted when he saw the reaction of some of these kids. It was great.”
DeAngelis admitted that “Heat for the Holidays” served as an eye-opener for some employees.
“It is very hard to imagine someone so disadvantaged, that the basic necessities of their family are causing them to suffer. People should not have to worry about being in a cold home.”