For many retail businesses the past year has been one of many financial challenges. Although it has been a difficult year I am willing to accept the challenge and learn from it. Through months of feeling stress and hardship I came to realize there are many others who have suffered worse. The fact is I still have my store and feel truly grateful for that. I decided to make 2010 a year focused not on hardship but on what I can bring to others through this business I have been blessed with. Starting in January of 2010 I will dedicate a window display each month to a different charity or organization. A percentage of the store’s profits will be donated each month to the designated charity. My hope is that people will remember that even when you have very little to give you still have the ability to give back.
The local community has always been a huge part of the store’s success and I would love to hear any suggestions from my customers on any organizations that they might feel would benefit from this display. My idea is that each month I will focus on a different type of charity. For example, when creating a kids window display I will focus that month on some sort of children’s charity. My focus will be mainly on local charities but there will also be some international as well. I am open to just about any organization that is in need. I know the biggest challenge to come will be which one’s to choose. I am excited to learn about what goes on in my own backyard and around the world. I know I will be inspired by so many of you and I look forward to creating each and every window.