Ringing in the New Year!

“Ring out the old, ring in the new”

ring in the new

The custom in old England was to ring the church bells at midnight on New Year’s Eve, first as a tolling to say goodbye to the old year, and then briskly as a celebration of the new year. In 1850, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, one of the greatest English poets, immortalized the custom in Canto 106 of his long poem In Memoriam A.H.H., a lyric elegy to a friend who had died at a young age in 1833. One can hear both Tennyson’s sorrow and his hope for a new beginning in the canto, often known by its first line:

 

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

 

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

 

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,

For those that here we see no more,

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.

 

Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.

 

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;

Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

 

Ring out false pride in place and blood,

The civic slander and the spite;

Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.

 

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

 

Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart the kindlier hand;

Ring out the darkness of the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.

CECO Associates Donate over One Ton of Food Benefiting Houston Food Bank

Group Photo with Check

 

Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) wrapped up its first Holiday Food Drive last week, collecting over 2,000 pounds of food for families in need. At its annual Christmas Lunch, CECO’s Houston office presented the donation of non-perishable food and a check for $1,000 to the Houston Food Bank.

“It’s great to give back to the city where CECO is headquartered.” said Bruce Hotze, CEO of CECO.

Collection barrels and boxes were provided by the Houston Food Bank. Community Events & Engagement Coordinator, Yolanda Alexander, came out to receive the donation on behalf of the Food Bank and said, “We are so grateful for CECO’s generous donation. Their donation alone will help us provide 3,000 nutritious meals to families in need this holiday season.”

“We are grateful for support from companies like CECO,” says Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Food Bank. “Houston is a generous community and we are fortunate for that. Someone in need this holiday will be a little less stressed because they can rely on the support from caring neighbors. Thank you.”

Other CECO locations also participated in the Holiday Food Drive benefiting local food banks in Baton Rouge, La. and Birmingham, Al.

To find out how you can help the Houston Food Bank visit their website: www.houstonfoodbank.org or call 713-223-3700.

Houston Food Bank
Operating from a 308,000 square-foot facility, the Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest size Feeding America food bank and source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. They have been named top charity in Texas by Charity Navigator for financial performance and accountability. A network of nearly 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding a total of 137,000 people each week, provides more than 64 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 137,000 people each week. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishable’s are distributed from the new warehouse at 535 Portwall, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from Keegan Center, a 15,000 square-foot industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishable’s for their neighbors in need. The Houston Food Bank, founded in 1982, is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. The organization plans to grow to provide100 million nutritious meals annually by 2018. Visit HoustonFoodBank.org for more information. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/HoustonFoodBank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/HoustonFoodBank.