Giving Back

One of the greatest joys of my life is being able to work for a company that encourages me to be engaged in and give back to the community where I live and work.

One of my passions is getting rescue dogs adopted. Last year I met an amazing person, Bonnie Strong from Saint Frances Animal Center.   Last week I was thrilled to be able to present Saint Frances Animal Center with a check. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and pet lovers we were able to collect $2,700 in donations.

I have to say I was very humbled by the outpouring of love from the dogs and cats at Saint Frances Animal Center. I was touched by the gratitude and kindness of Bonnie Strong and her staff.

To be able to give back to the community helping this rescue is wonderful and makes you feel that you have accomplished something of value both on a financial and emotional level.

To give back! What does it really mean? Yes, I was able, to get donations and that was giving back.   Everyone that gave a donation gave back. However, for a moment let’s imagine those we give to.

Imagine a place where over 200 dogs and cats live. Imagine having to be the one having the responsibility to find them forever homes. A place where an amazing group of people come to Saint Frances every day to take care of these precious dogs and cats. A group of people that load them into vans and sit with them at many locations trying to get them a forever, loving home.

Imagine that you have to feed all of them and, share love with them. You are all they have. They love you and depend on you. They trust that you will love them, take care of them and find them a forever home. You feel their joy. You laugh at their antics and shed tears when they don’t get adopted.

Imagine that there is nothing else that you would rather be doing, nothing that could touch your heart more, nothing else that you could feel so passionate about doing.

Imagine seeing them adopted and getting a forever home. That is truly giving back and to Ms. Bonnie and her staff, to my staff that helped put the event together, to the people that donated food for the event, for the people that gave their hard earned money. All of you are my Heroes.

POV: It is amazing to see the true kindness and generosity of so many people coming together for a common goal. Countless are the ways that we can help people and after seeing what so many of us can do to give back I am inspired to do more. One person can do amazing things. Many people can do many amazing things.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

~Winston S. Churchill


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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  1. You have a good heart the size of Montana, Larry. It’s a tough but rewarding task you’ve accepted. I heard about a pet adoption event last week and wondered how successful it was. I’m not sure how much publicity they had, but I’m sure these will be repeat events. Thank you for using your compassion to do amazing things from your invisible stance.

    • Thank you Jane I like the invisible stance. We have adopted out about 40 dogs since January. And in December raised about $2700 for them

  2. Sales has a concept called the “win:win”. It means that both the client and the sales guy both get what they want in a negotiation. There is another concept the “win:win:win”. Where not only do both the client and the sales guy get what they want, the end result provides such a strong positive impact that the client and sales guy can’t help but be good friends for life.

    • I could not agree more Chris. I’ll be attached at the hip to the St. Francis animal shelter for a long time. It is definitely a win win win relationship