Who said life was easy?
My brother and I are originally from the area that Sandy devastated and now reside in Kentucky running our auto garage business. When the hurricane hit, we could not believe the devastation that it caused and knew we needed to go up there to help in some way shape or form. We drove up there with our truck, some extra waters and coffee to hand out. When we got there I literally could not believe my eyes. It looked like a war zone there.
When we drove up, we saw a woman sitting there in her car just sobbing with her head in her hands. My brother and I went up to her to see if she was okay and asked if there was anything we could do to help. She said she has been picking up things that were left from her house being swept away. She then said that her business was also swept away by the storm a few miles away. Before I could say anything I just felt the tears come up and I couldn’t help but cry with her. We spent the day with her and some others, gathering anything that could be kept that was left behind.
As the day went on, one man shared that his daughter was suppose to have heart surgery and he had no way of getting there to see her. My brother and I dropped everything and drove him to the hospital. We got him there and had the chance to meet the rest of the family that was there. The man had shared with us that he had been in the auto industry for years and turns out we needed to hire an additional person. As we were leaving the hospital we told him we were located in KY but would love to have him and he replied with, “You have no idea what that means to me and I will gladly come work for you.”
My brother and I had no idea what we would find when we drove up to our old stomping grounds and turns out despite the bad, some amazing things happened that day. It may not seem like much to you reading this but the fact that we were able to help another person and create a job for them at the same time, that’s what life is about. There was a real reason that we needed to go and not to mention to help those who just want to get their life back together. Being a mom and pop means more than just being a business to help the community, it’s about being there for your community despite the relentless downs we face over and over. Here’s to those who continuously reach out and touch others around them on a day to day basis as a small business.
I Am A Mom and Pop
Justin & Trent