I am often thanked for what I do. And I must confess it makes me feel great. It is an honor to help people change their lives, and I mean that.
But what I can never say enough is thank YOU.
It is because of you that I am able to live the life I do. I can go to every one of my kid’s school plays, every doctor appointment and even their haircuts if I want to.
Sure running a small business has its down sides, but for me I could not ask for a better job and so for that I thank you.
And this was a good year for us at Carter Fitness. I’m crappy at math, but 1000’s of pounds of fat were lost, 100’s of inches disappeared and countless lives were improved.
That is all a direct result of your hard work and dedication – so for that I thank you as well.
Because business was so good this year I set out this week to purchase all of my clients a holiday gift (massage gift certificates, if you must know.)
I was literally in my car on the way to pick up the gift cards when my mind drifted to the tragic events of the last few months, and I thought about those affected by Hurricane Sandy and the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
And I must admit that in that moment I was was counting my blessings. Sure, like everyone we had some down times, we even lost some dear family members this year – but you know what – all things considered, my family and I are doing pretty damn good.
So this year, instead of gifts for all my clients, I realized that the money should go towards those who truly need it – to the individuals who would otherwise have nothing (and I mean nothing) this holiday season. I decided the donations would go to an organization that has been helping kids have a great holiday since 1947: Toys For Tots.
I knew this toy shopping business would be a hefty endeavor, so I needed reinforcements. I enlisted the help of my wife Denyse and my 2 boys: 10 year old Gabe & 6 year old Nate.
But that wasn’t enough, I needed more help. I talked my clients (and friends) Julie and Jason Cohen into lending me their daughters, (not as weird as it sounds,) 8 year old Coco and 12 year old Lanie. Jason came along too. After all, us Carter’s don’t know crap about girls toys – so we needed the “young girl” demo to be properly represented during our shopping adventure.
After what seemed like an eternity in Toys R Us, we ended up with 2 shopping carts overflowing with brand new toys. It was cool to see the cashier fill bag after bag, knowing that somewhere some kid was going to have something very cool to open Christmas morning.
Our junior buying assistants were awesome. Not once did they say “buy me this” or “I want that”- nothing even close. I think they really got it – what we were doing, and why we were doing it. And they were eager to help.
And as it turns out, posted right outside the Toys R Us were two Marines in uniform accepting donation for the Toys For Tots program. We all shook their hands, they thanked us for what we were doing, and we thanked them for what they do.
The one Marine told me “Every one of these toys will go to a kid who would have otherwise had nothing.”
Take note: Without you, my clients and friends, this would not have been possible.
So to be as clear as possible- I WANT TO THANK YOU for all you do. And this Christmas morning there will be many grateful kids who will also be thanking you. Maybe not with their words, but certainly with their hearts.
Thank you for your patronage, thank you for your dedication, thank you for being a part of something bigger. Have a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
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