GAWDA Gives Back Donations and Books

HOLLYWOOD, FL  — The GAWDA Gives Back program says something revealing and special about the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).

Now in its 21st  year, GAWDA Gives Back was conceived by Past President Dave Mahoney and his wife Donna as way of honoring and thanking GAWDA’s Annual Convention host community by tapping into the voluntary generosity of our members to benefit a local charity. As Dave wrote when he introduced the voluntary charitable initiative:

“Let’s not simply take away memories; let’s make memories for others as well. As a token of our appreciation for the things we take away, let’s leave something for those that will never have the opportunities that we have enjoyed. What better way to say thanks to the community for having us as their guests!”

This year GAWDA President Abydee Butler Moore and her husband Ryan have selected Children’s Literacy Center (CLC) as the recipient of our donations from the 2021 GAWDA Gives Back Program.

CLC works with families in Colorado Springs, CO communities to provide an effective literacy program that helps the struggling reader become a successful reader. Through one-to-one tutoring, each student gets personalized tutoring with long-lasting results.

GAWDA is inviting all members to support CLC’s mission to build a life of success through a foundation of literacy.  This year, in addition to our members’ generous donations, GAWDA is asking Members to promote a book drive at each company as CLC is in need of new or gently used books for 1st – 6th graders.

Details on how to donate, as well as how to engage your employees in a company book drive, can be found at



For over 75 years, the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has been dedicated to promoting the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment supplies. Through its GAWDA Gives Back campaign, association members have donated almost $2 million over the last 16 years to 22 different charitable organizations in 13 communities across the U.S. Since 2013, GAWDA and its members also have provided scholarships totaling $226,000 to 113 young people interested in studies leading to careers in the industry. For more information, visit the association’s website at