Monday, January 19, 2009

one hand at a time

Today is Martin Luther King Day. For the first time, in the 19 years I have worked for my current employer, we are celebrating the day.

The company made its early decision not to take the day as a holiday solely out of business considerations. Most of our customers did not observe the day, and we needed to be available to serve them.

This year is different. And, some of the employees have decided to honor Dr. King by giving something back to the community, rather than merely using it as another day to sleep in.

Our volunteers have offered our services to organizations as diverse as the Salvation Army, the local humane society, and a public dog park. Our numbers will be few. Out of over 800 employees, fewer than 20 have volunteered.

But Dr. King would have understood. People helping others starts with small numbers. And that spirit of community grows from that small core.

I want to personally thank my colleagues who have set out on this mission, but, also to thank others who have taken similar journeys. Amongst we bloggers, the work that
Wayne and John have done in John's neighborhood is one of the best memorials we could offer to the memory of Martin Luther King.

Thanks to all of you.


American Mommy in Mexico said...

The glass is 1/2 full my friend. I love that you have pointed out that what may seem like small numbers is really a great step forward in a meaningful beginning.

Steve Cotton said...

AMM -- In fact, more than half full. I am on my way to the warehouse right now.

Islagringo said...

Thank you. We are but a drop in the bucket of need.

Steve Cotton said...

Islagringo -- Just a drop. But it has to start somewhere.