We had a lot of fun doing an under $10 gift exchange this year between our staff. Buying cheap presents is actually more fun AND harder than buying expensive gifts for me.
I drew Cody out of the hat and decided that every JLSO should have a proper back support belt. So I garnered up some supplies at our local thrift store, and made it from scratch. (I think he looked great in a thick purple back support belt) It was a lot of fun, and brought back a lot of fun memories of scavenging through old mens shirts for a hidden gem at thrift stores. What took me back after a while was when I realized how many families were actually there at 8 o clock at night doing their REAL Christmas shopping for their family. It really hit home when the couple in front of me checking out, had to leave two VHS tapes that were 1.99 because they didn’t have the money.
There are a lot of people truly hurting out there… out of money, and all they can actually spend is 10 bucks for Christmas presents… More than I’ve ever really seen before.
I get made fun of a lot for saying thanks in my signature line with an exclamation point. “Over thanking” is the common term.
When we or myself say thank you, it’s because we truly mean it. Without you, I could be another homeless person on the streets of Spokane. I could be doing ALL my shopping at thrift stores, and wondering if I’m going to make my next rent payment. The only reason I’m not is because of great staff, clients, vendors, affiliates, and the relationships our business has made with people around the world.
We make our money 125 bucks at a time, so when we say that you’re not just another number or sale to us, we actually mean it.
So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you this holiday season for keeping my family off the streets and able to have a decent living. We have a lot to really be thankful for this Christmas, and I hope you do to.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and thank you for letting us help you out with your business needs!!!!!!!!!!!