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[Ceddi Fund] Latest Update: He’s Coming Home!

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Last year I posted a couple times about the Mercer Adoption Project.  One of our team members, J, and his family are in the midst of the adoption process.  Their soon-to-be family member, Ceddi, should be coming home soon.

See previous post here: Help Bring Ceddi Home & Mixed Bag Fundraiser (ended).

Ceddi, 5 years old, from the Philippines

With all of the paperwork and legal hoops that need to be completed, it looks like Ceddi should be coming home to his new family sometime in February 2013.  However that is not set in stone as more than one delay has previously occurred.  (Gotta love legal hoops.)  So far the medical tests and paperwork has gone smoothly as is the immigration paperwork.  (I had no idea adoption could be so complex!)


UPDATE(1/25/13):  It’s official!!!!  

Ceddi is finally coming home to join his new family mid February 2013!  This has been a long, hard process for J and his family and they are thrilled to be inches away from the finish line.  On their (and Mercers) behalf, I would like to thank you so very much for all of your support!


Please let me know if there are any questions I can help with – Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Careers] We’re Looking for Additional Teammates!

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Hello everyone!

A little while back I posted saying that Mercers is looking to expand our team.  And we’ve been able to bring aboard quite a few excellent people to wear many hats.  And the good news continues because we still need additional personnel!

Right now we’re focusing on bringing additional sales professionals to the team.

If you or someone you know may be a good fit, please send a resume and cover letter to expansionproject2012@nullgmail.com.  More information can be found at http://mercercarpetone.com/careers.htm.


As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Ceddi Fund] Children in the Philippines

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The Philippines are beautiful islands.  However, they are not always kindest to the children there.


As of 1998 there were 1.5 million street children wandering the Philippines with about 40% of those being without homes.


These children are venerable to…

  • starvation
  • disease
  • drugs
  • child labor
  • slavery

The Philippines have also have a large number of destructive earthquakes including at least 3 in the past 10 years!  



Plus, even if an earthquake isn’t destructive itself or near the islands, the tsunamis that hit the islands are often highly destructive.   And then there are the numerous hurricanes and tropical storms that easily flood the islands.  These natural disasters are part of the reason that many of these children are without homes and families.


Please help us find a home for one of these children: 5 year old Ceddi.


If you haven’t heard, J – a member of the Mercer Team – and his family have been working on adopting young Ceddi and have one final hurdle to overcome: the final $10,000 for travel expenses, last minute legal fees, etc…

Mercers as a company has chosen to support J and his family with a fundraiser that is running through June 22nd with Mixed Bag Designs.  Please help to spread the word; any and all support is greatly appreciated!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Ceddi Fund] Help Bring Ceddi Home

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Ceddi, 5 years old and waiting to come home
I am so excited to share some great news with you: a member of the Mercer Team has been approved to adopt the young boy, Ceddi, in the picture above so that he can know the wonderful love that a family can give!


J and his wife have three young sons and a daughter of their own.  They didn’t intend to adopt when they joined a local board to help young children from the Philippines find a home.  But one day as they were looking through the profiles of the children in need of a home, they both kept coming back to Ceddi’s profile.  They couldn’t help but be drawn to his big hearted smile!


Now, the last of many legal hurdles has been overcome and they can go pick him up at any time.  Once they raise the final $10,000, that is.


In order to bring Ceddi safely home to a loving family, the Mercer Team has rallied to find ways to help raise the money and this is one of those ways.


Please help by…

  • spreading the word to your friends, families, co-workers, etc and/or 
  • using the Paypal button below or contacting the Mercer Team at 410-876-2026 and 26 W. Main St, Westminster, Maryland to make your donation
The more people that know, the more that can help, the quicker Ceddi comes home!  Any and all assistance is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!








“A little child enters your life and fills a special place in your heart. A place you never even knew was empty!”

Author: Unknown




As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Did You Know?] That the Mercer Team is Your Negotiator?

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I have spoken with a few people recently who said that warranties do not matter to them because, in their experience, no one stands behind them and they get the run around. 



That made me sad and a little angry; not at them, but at the people that didn’t back up their promises.  I know that sometimes, since I’ve grown up learning how the Mercer Team works, it often is a surprise to me when how others fail to meet those standards.  But what happened to going above and beyond?  Standing by your customers? 



Have we gotten too used to detached corporates to remember how small, local businesses stand by their clients because 1) their clients are also their neighbors and 2) it’s the right thing to do?



So that tiny rant leads me to today’s ‘Did You Know’ topic: when you are a client of Mercers and something goes wrong, we act as your negotiator.  We are the ones that stand behind our warranties and guarantees.  We don’t care if the warranty applies to our work or the manufacturer’s, or anyone elses’s for that matter; we want to do our absolute best to help you fix whatever issue came up.



My mom, Brooke, tells me a story about when she was pregnant with me.  The company my father was working for (before my grandfather hired him) withheld his commission check because he stretched the rules to help a customer.  My parents were newly weds and had me on the way; they couldn’t afford to go without that check.



But what could they do?  So Mom called her father, John Mercer, for ideas.  And he said this: If you are going to make a wave, make it a tsunami.  Then he told her to get her VERY pregnant self over to Dad’s office and tell every sales person there what was going on.  If there is one rule about working with sales people, it’s that you don’t mess with their commission.  Long story short, Dad got his check.



That lesson is what helps my parents make sure that 3rd party warranties are backed up.  With our buying power, it is much easier for us to make a tsunami wave to get things done right than if a single person did.  Thankfully, we try to only work with companies and people who do stand behind their promises, so we don’t have to use that wave very often.



So, that’s basically the end of a longer than usual Saturday post.  I hope it wasn’t too lengthy and that you enjoyed my little antidote.  Hopefully, the next time you see me write about warranties, you’ll keep this in mind and know that they mean something with us.

Have a Great Weekend!

Katlin Farrell
Flooring Design Consultant
katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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