Hostway's 'Elf Gift' Holiday Video Pokes Fun at Corporate Gift-Giving

Urges Donations to Hurricane Sandy Relief in Lieu of Traditional Gifting

Dec 19, 2012, 12:35 ET from Hostway Corporation

CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Do your company's customers really need another bag of pistachios or tin of gourmet popcorn for the holidays? Cloud and managed hosting provider Hostway Corporation thinks its gift budget is better spent to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and it's explaining why in a tongue-in-cheek holiday video starring a mean-spirited Christmas elf.

In the video (, the elf scampers through an office distributing bogus gifts such as lint rollers, ketchup packets, used loofas and a half-eaten pizza – in some cases hitting recipients in the face with the 'presents' or plunking them into cups filled with coffee.  The incredulous workers quickly regift the items to a donation box.  

The video concludes with an announcement that Hostway will "do something better this year" by donating to the Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy Relief fund ( on behalf of its customers and partners, and urging other businesses to follow suit.

"We enjoy giving holiday gifts to our clients as a token of appreciation for their business, but any gift of this kind is a bonus – not a necessity. This holiday season, helping people rebuild, businesses repurpose and communities come together after Hurricane Sandy's devastation is top of mind for our customers, partners and employees," said John Martis, Hostway President and CEO. "We made a unanimous decision to put our holiday money where it really counts: to help people and businesses displaced by the storm get back on their feet."

About Hostway Corporation
Hostway Corporation is a leader in cloud, managed and hybrid hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to over 600,000 customers worldwide. Hostway services its clients from more than 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art data center space, spanning four continents and 12 countries. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers in the world due to the company's expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMBs and large enterprises with cost-effective business solutions. Hostway's core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting, and Email and Applications.

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