Earlier this week I had the honor of appearing on The Today Show for the fifth time, where I helped kick off the show’s annual Holiday Gift Drive. Thirty-two DSA member companies donated more than $9 million dollars in books, clothing, toiletries, toys and other products for families all across the United States.
Now that the adrenaline has worn off – and I’ve had a chance to reflect – this appearance, more than any other, has made me appreciate how much I have to be thankful for.
With so many families heading into this holiday season facing an uncertain economic future, the generosity of those who are able to give is critical.
I’m proud to work for an industry that gives so much back to the communities where they live, work, and play. Beyond the Toy Drive, to which DSA members have contributed close to $40 million over the years, many of our members are closely associated with the causes they support: Avon’s support for breast cancer research, AtHome America’s work on behalf of veterans, Mary Kay’s fight against domestic abuse, just to name a few. Almost every direct selling company dedicates a portion of their revenues to giving back – in fact some were founded with the sole purpose of supporting one or more good causes. Even when times are tough, direct selling companies find a way to make a difference.
I hope that you and your family have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, and I hope you’ll feel free to share what that might be right here on my blog.