Friday, December 17, 2010

The True Meaning of the Holidays.......????

At we get closer to the joyous day of Christmas, we all know and appreciate the nature of these
days for children, and families alike. It is a time of joy and giving and for families and loved ones to get together and break some bread without the need for politics, or any of the everyday things that we would not really rather focus on, like traffic, crime, the schools, the economy, etc.

However, for many people, these are still trying times, indeed. Last week, we got an Internet lead, for moving boxes, that I sent to Chris Greene, our manager of our Woodland Hills location. I know we are not the cheapest cost firm in the world, but we are more than fair with our product prices and we stand behind the value of them--for the last 25 years--but when we communicated with this woman, she began to exhibit a great deal of emotion and just said that she can't afford to buy any boxes, she is losing her home of over 15 years, has no income, no money and no where to go.

I am proud that we just did not move on, but tried, in little ways, to somehow help this woman.
I can't even say for sure why this happened to us, but for both Chris and I, we were pretty stung.

They say things happen for a reason, and I was going through my email the other day and I read a blog entry in a site I follow, Relo Round, by an Eric Anders, someone who can write very well, and someone who tries to link up with those interested in a rounded discussion about issues involving the Moving Industry. In his entry, he spoke of this subject and how for many in this country, the holidays this year were more about a hot meal and food on the table and maybe, just maybe, some needed clothes, but no toys, no new big screens, DVDs, or trips to visit relatives.

The blog spoke about how a few people in this moving industry, have come up with a program that asks people who are moving to consider possibly, donating their pantry items to the local foodbanks, so they do not have to throw these items away or pay to have them shipped to their new home. The food would get processed by the mover to get picked up by the regional food banks. It hit me like a brick, in the eye. What a great way to give back, to help those who are hungry--who could argue with that?

So the Box Brothers would be a hybrid member of this group, I thought, as we do not really operate as a mover, so maybe we could use our retail stores to reach out to all of those who are
moving, to see if they would like to participate in this program. Our stores can be collection points for all of those in the community, who wish to participate for this great cause.

So maybe things do happen for a reason, and I am asking all of the Box Brothers, to join in with
me in understanding and participating in something that truly embodies the holiday spirit of joy
and giving to those who truly need it. What a great opportunity we have to really make a difference in the world and it starts with us--each one of us.

Happy Holidays to one and all, and so you all know, we are trying to reach out to the customer who contacted us about needing some moving boxes, since she is losing her home and has no where to go. We are going to try to help her, and maybe make this world a little better place for all of us.

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