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NTN Canada’s Santa Express gives back to the community


15 December 2020 - Toronto - Corporate - News

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It’s the season for giving, and NTN’s employees are giving back to help those struggling through the pandemic. President and CEO, Mr. Paul Meo, has spearheaded the effort at his company to give back to the community and show support to those in need by launching the NTN Santa Express.

Mr. Meo along with dedicated NTN volunteers have organized the Santa Express initiative to deliver happiness to employees, customers, and community through outdoor visits to over 150 homes. Santa and his NTN crew have been visiting employee’s families to drop off gifts for children, grandchildren and their neighbours, as well as making stops to spread good cheer with its distributors and key suppliers.

Mr. Meo also proudly launched the NTN Bear Holiday Campaign which has received tremendous support from the company’s employees and industry partners. The NTN holiday bears, “Roller Bear” and “Linéaire Bear” make a great gift and are available for purchase at for a minimum donation of $30.00 each. NTN’s Santa Express has also delivered 500 bears to SickKids to help comfort and entertain children during their hospital stay.

And to help curb the issue of hunger, NTN Canada recently donated over 1040 lbs of non-perishable food items to one of the largest area food banks in Mississauga, Eden Food for Change, with plans for additional donations as the pandemic continues. Mr. Meo has made it easy for employees at NTN to donate to the food drive by personally picking up donations, curbside, while taking the time to check-in, say hello and thank each employee for their contribution.

Over the last few months, volunteers from NTN have also reached out to the Haven Toronto Shelter and provided lunches to support the homeless as well as donated an outdoor canopy to ensure clients would be safely sheltered this winter when picking up meals. NTN together with an industry partner, KWE, also donated spaghetti sauce and over 400 packages of pasta to ensure those in need have access to healthy and delicious meal options.

“We thought it was time for us to step up and help make a difference,” said Paul Meo. “There are so many worthy organizations and charities that need support right now, and we want to do our small part to help those in need.”

NTN’s employees also joined forces with the Toronto Police Service 51 Division to serve a delicious BBQ lunch at Haven Toronto. Team members were on site to help prepare, cook and distribute over 200 meals, enhanced with fresh vegetables grown from NTN’s community garden. The gardening plot at the company’s Mississauga headquarters was started with the help of garden sponsors, Jane & Jerome Brown Farm and Rob Sharpe this past spring and the harvest included a wide range of vegetables from tomatoes, to peppers, lettuce, green onions and more which the company has donated to Haven Toronto and other local food banks.

“Having such an impact on the homeless and those in need during these challenging times has been a rewarding experience for us and we are so proud to have played a part,” says Paul Meo. “We’re always looking for ways to connect with the community and present a united front of hope, generosity and compassion.”

About NTN

Founded in 1918, NTN is one of the world's largest producers of premium quality ball and roller bearings, long recognized for the most stringent quality standards in the industry. With plants around the globe and a strong domestic manufacturing network, over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the ten plants the company operates in Canada and the USA. NTN is also a leading provider of bearing services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. NTN's company vision is "to transform into Canada’s leader of the Ultimate Bearing Experience."

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