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No April Foolin’ – We Win
It was 7 a.m. as I was driving down I-5 on my way to a jobsite, and I realized that I was shouting at the radio. Then it hit me: We win!
As to the reason I was shouting aloud at the radio: The host had a guest, Aaron Negherbon, who is the leader of Troops Direct, a group of volunteers. Their mission is to send to frontline troops the equipment and supplies they need – now – to help them in the combat zones where they are deployed. I sort of dismissed the conversation, thinking it would be all about getting people in this country to support our troops by sending cards and cookies. And, as a veteran, once stationed in a far-off country, I know that cards, cookies and letters are valuable, and I am so glad that folks in our country do a good job with that. But that thought is not what made me shout.
I was incredulous, but I also realized, we win. We win, as a people, simply because we are all willing to do what is right, to pick up the ball and run with it to meet a need.
You see, the people at Troops Direct assemble a team so effective, their packages get to the troops faster than the military supply lines can. Pretty amazing.
In our country, a team of people always will arise to meet a need. U.S. citizens can’t stand the thought of our military being deployed to a primitive area on the other side of the world without its members being properly equipped. Likewise, in the wake of the tornado damage, folks will not stay in their own comfortable homes, when they know their neighbors are in danger or suffering. Americans get up and help. Whatever it is. Whatever we can. Wherever it’s needed.
Believe it or not, the same thing holds true for our industry. For several years now, the economy has devastated our building industry. Not to make light of war and disasters, but a lot of people and companies are feeling like their businesses are in a war zone or have been crushed by “unnatural disasters.” We begin wonder where our team is. Well, the answer is quite simple: It’s right here!
Our industry is doubly blessed. We have well-meaning folks who understand the value of teamwork. We stand upon shoulders of the founders of the MCAA. As bad as things are now, or were in the past, they could have been worse without our association. Be a member of this team, as well as those teams supporting your community and country. Support your teams. Help them win.
And can I encourage you to do one other thing? Reach out half-way around the world, and give a protein bar to a Marine, or a packet of body wash to a soldier on patrol in 130 degree heat. Go to www.TroopsDirect.org to offer a bit of support. You can pledge as little as $1 on a monthly basis or make a one-time gift. Join Coach Gary over there, and we all win!
|Last Updated on Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:50|