When AKB contemplated holiday gifts for some of our business partners this season, we decided against the large corporate options of past years and instead purchased gift certificates from local restaurants and gift boxes of DV8 Kitchen cookies. (One of our recipients said “not your standard issue Christmas cookie in the mail- these were really good!”). Giving back this year has been important to us, even if it just means shopping local. We were in awe of the folks at Bluegrass Hospitality Group, consistently providing food for our front line workers. They inspired us do something we’ve never done! We joined with Moe’s Southwest Grill this spring to host a lunch for the nursing staff at St. Joe’s East. It was a fun and rewarding event.
We’ve donated to auctions and toy drives and each of us remained involved in our own philanthropic interests. Brent is committed to Young Life (a non-denominational Christian ministry for young adults) as one of the primary sponsors for their annual charity event. Gwen actively supports God’s Pantry and Iron Bridge Workshop (a local nonprofit helping men dealing with homelessness by providing a place for them to gather, provide personal care and make products during the week). Linda is involved with CASA of Lexington (an organization dedicated to providing guidance and support to victims and families navigating the family court system). Melanie supports the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where families of pediatric cancer patients are not burdened with the cost of care. As for me, I have served on the Lexington Public Library Foundation Board for many years. The Foundation provides funding for innovative and special programs within the library system…not the day-to-day cost of operations but the programs and events that benefit our entire community and make our library system special.
As this peculiar year ends, I am particularly grateful for the great group of people I work with… and also for the countless demonstrations of generosity I witnessed throughout our community, inspiring me to see the bright side.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” –Desmond Tutu Here’s to 2021!