Give back this yearIt’s always interesting to sit back and reflect this time of year. How much money did I make? What was my bonus? How many places did we visit? What cool new things did we buy? But shouldn’t the most important question be: “How much did I give?” Or “What more could I have done?”

The bottom-line is that some people spend more time making excuses as to why they don’t have the time or resources to give than they actually spend doing something.

That’s bull$4*&.

I work 100 hours+ a week to run a business and simultaneously balance the needs of my wife and two kids.…yet I am able to find the time–which means anyone can. As a family I am proud to say we’ll feed the homeless this year, and help out with a local Angel Tree initiative by buying gifts for kids whose parents are incarcerated and who are in the situation that they are in through no fault of their own. You should see the expressions on their faces when they receive the unexpected gifts–often the only ones that they will receive. Sadly, Santa doesn’t exist in their world.

Each of us has a duty to help those who are less fortunate…by volunteering, helping out at the Food Bank, or taking a more active role in support of a local initiative or non-profit. Please, step up and make a difference, instead of making an excuse.

What are you doing to help others and give back? We’d love to hear from you.

by David Sly, President

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