For the last 8 years, I have coordinated a holiday gift drive along with my coworkers, family, and friends for the residents of our local family shelter and other families in need.  This year we provided gifts for 75 kids and parents!  When I went to the shelter with a load to drop off, I saw the sign below.  I asked the director if they had a close call and she said, with a very grave look in her eyes, “more than one.”


The door closer wasn’t providing enough force to close and latch the door, so rather than messing around with the existing one, I immediately ordered a replacement from LCN (thank you to Rich Conroy and Harris Parsons from SSC-New England!).  If the panic device becomes a problem, I’ll get a new Von Duprin 99 for them.  This is not a facility with money to spare.  They make do.  But I can’t in good conscience let a sign be their method of providing security and safety for their residents – especially the new walkers who see the slightly-open door as their chance to “elope.”

Where will you make a difference this holiday season?

And speaking of the holidays, check out this very creative holiday video from Margulies Perruzzi Architects.  One of our specwriters recently completed Boston’s new Tea Party Museum with them, and I hope to post some photos soon.  There were some interesting egress situations and I know how much you love them.  🙂

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