Giving back

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. My wife and I spent a couple of weeks on vacation in Florida so I went off the grid. It’s not a vacation if you spend your time on social media and doing work related things. That’s easy to do with laptops and smartphones, so I just resist the temptation and enjoy my time away.

When we returned I had to prepare for an auction I did for Habitat for Humanity. Our local chapter had contacted me a couple of weeks before we began our vacation to ask if I could have an auction for them. An individual who believed in their work had donated a large assortment of tools and small primitive items which they wanted to sell. They weren’t sure if the items were worth selling at auction, so I looked at them and assured them that it would all sell.

They wanted to know what my fees would be to conduct the auction at their site. I asked if they could get four volunteers to work the auction. When they said that would not be a problem I told them I would charge them nothing for my service. I only asked that they reimburse me for any advertising costs which they quickly agreed to.

I believe strongly in the work of Habitat for Humanity. A member of a church I pastored received a home through Habitat and I know the change it made in that family. I also believe that it’s important to give back to the community. Small businesses can be bombarded with requests to sponsor teams and buy ads in school publications, and you can’t do everything. But, it’s important to remember that we have a responsibility to the communities that support us, and we need to give back when we can especially to those organizations that we believe are doing important work.

The auction was a success. I don’t know the total amount raised as they handled all the money, but I know people paid good money for the more valuable items and everything donated was sold. It was a fun event, and perhaps people were exposed to what Habitat for Humanity does who did not previously know much about the organization.

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