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May 04, 2021

Dear Community, Thank You

By: Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

How important is community? Recently, we experienced a family emergency that led to a 911 call from my home, and I was an hour away from town. Upon arriving at the scene, there were about 20 people in and around our house who were responding to the crisis. It did not hit me until later, but I was truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from first responders, extended family, friends, and neighbors (some of whom were strangers), who all make up the community where we live.

For entrepreneurs, community should be a high priority! If you have built a business that is beyond yourself, you have already made an impact on your community by creating a place for others to work. If it is you alone, you are developing relationships with clients who depend on your services and support. But when you take it beyond those immediate boundaries, the impact can be far-reaching. Touching lives with charitable giving of your time and resources is important. I have witnessed abundant generosity by business owners which never ceases to amaze me, as most seem to yearn to give back – not that they do so for reward, but what they do receive when they care about others (and show it in words and, more importantly, in deeds) outweighs by far any sacrifice they make. The love you share with your community can impact more lives than you may ever know.

 The days after the 911 incident we experienced was filled with touching messages from people in our community who care. One I will never forget was from a first responder whom I thanked for coming to our aid. His reply was, “The way you live your life is thanks enough for me.” These unexpected and endearing words will be etched in my heart forever. I thank God every day for the blessings of special people in my life and for the amazing place that we call home. I hope that, in some way, we have and can continue to touch the lives of others for as long as we walk this earth.

My prayer is that all who responded to our emergency will stay healthy and safe all of their days. I hope each of them recognizes this writing to be a heartfelt thank you, to not only those who were there for our family but to all who continually bless others again and again by rushing in to save the day. Thank you to all police, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, nurses, doctors, pastors and so one, including all those who may not be included in this list. Please know your community thanks you all. I encourage everyone reading this to please take time to thank the people in your community who are there when you need them most.

“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34