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.”