Times are tough, or so they say, but it always feels good to donate your time and/or money whenever possible. As a small business person I try to take advantage of any little angle that I might have to help others. Sometimes it's just donating some flowers to the "Exchange Club" or sending a little money to "Operation Smile" or even giving a basket to be raffled off by the "Girl Scouts" or a local nursing home. It's not big, it's not Earth shattering, but I'm a big believer in the saying "every little bit helps".
This brings to mind the kind letter presented to me by our employee Chuck Moscarello. Each year Chuck takes a week off from work here at the flower shop to drive down to Preston County, West Virginia along with dozens of teenagers from the Gregorian Youth Ministry. Once there, these kids and their adult organizers provide help to some of the local towns people with various building projects or repairs. Apparently this area of Appalachia has many needs and this group is eager to help. This year it finally occurred to Kevin and I that we should ask Chuck if the organization needs a donation of any kind. Suddenly a light bulb went off. Each year the Ministry rents vans to not only carry the kids but also cargo vans to carry their luggage, food and building supplies. We have vans! Five to be exact and so, with great fan fare, Chuck drove off in our largest van heading to Appalachia!
Loaning the group that van saved them $1,200! Who knew that a week without it could mean so much. As Chuck kindly put into that thoughtful letter of thanks - "Thanks to Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Co. we sent smiles to West Virginia". It just goes to show, you don't have to be famous or rich to help others. It's like I always say, every little bit helps and a little can really mean a lot!!