This past holiday season, Team National really focused on gratitude and giving. Each month, we have a personal growth session for employees, and we really enjoy getting to know each other better, and learning how to serve our customers better as well.
In December, we were all given $20 by our President and CEO, Angela Chrysler, with the request to do something to help others with it. We asked our staff to share what they decided to do with their $20, and the results were all very different, but all making an impact!
Check out the awesome way some of our employees chose to pay it forward:
“I went to a pizza restaurant and decided to have my son pick a random couple to pay it forward to. We picked a table of four. I told the waitress what we were doing and that it was through my place of business Team National. I mentioned to not let her know who gave her the $20. The $20 went towards her bill. We felt gratitude for doing something special.”
“Over the weekend I gave my $20 to a kid who was finishing his final semester at University of Florida. He was trying to sell magazines through a company to help pay for a semester of college away in a different city. He was one of a dozen kids picked to go to Boeing next semester and help rebuild a WW2 plane.“
“I took my $20 from Angela & our PGT on Gratitude and picked up a tag from the gift tree at my church to buy a Christmas present for a child. Our church is partnering with 4 Kids of South Florida to help make Christmas a little brighter for kids in foster care. I figured since Angela was generous enough to give me $20, I could double her investment so I picked up a couple of tags for less expensive gifts and together we purchased 3 gifts for around $40 for 3 children in foster care. The kids who receive these gifts might not be able to pay it forward, but part of the joy for me in choosing this opportunity to help others comes from knowing that I’m helping a child who will be so grateful to be remembered on Christmas during this really hard time in his/her life. I’m so thankful to work for a company that invests in its employees and the community in a tangible way.”
“Donating to the National Kidney Foundation, in memory of my Mom who recently passed. One of her ailments was chronic kidney disease.”
“I prayed. I broke my $20 so that I would be able to reach more people. I bought two umbrellas…waited for God’s divine appointments and gave out the two. One to an elderly lady at a bus stop while raining, and the other to a man who was walking in the rain carrying a small child on Sunday afternoon. I cried with this one!!! I gave $5 to Kids Against Hunger, and the remaining $5+$5 more that my daughter had in her piggy bank (she was happy to do this by the way ;D), went toward the purchase of a gift from TJ Maxx for the Ronald McDonald toy drive.”
“We used our $20 to buy toys for an American missionary family we know who have 4 young girls, and they just moved permanently to serve in Nicaragua. They’re in a remote area and they don’t have access to the toy stores we have in the states, so we thought sending them some trendy American toys would be a fun reminder that we were thinking of them on Christmas”
“I saw a Car Wash Drive at Home Depot plaza, from the local High School collecting money for football uniforms, so I stopped and gave the $20.00 to them with no car wash!”
Our team members are just as dedicated to serving others in our community as we are to serving our members and IMD’s. We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and we are looking forward to much more opportunities to give back in 2016!