I contemplated telling this story for some time this week. In light of all the negative things we are seeing in the world around us I have decided that I would because every now and again we need to be reminded that there are good people out there doing good things for people just because it is the right thing to do.
In 2011 I owned a company that sold Uniforms and Customized apparel to Sports Teams, Clubs, and Organizations. I spent a good deal of my time sending out solicitations to as many of these entities that I could. Since I am a NASCAR fan I focused on a lot of the NASCAR teams.
Apparently I sent a few too many (or maybe just the right amount) to Furniture Row Racing. I received a call, a very nice call, from Joe Garone who is the General Manager of Furniture Row Racing. Joe asked me to please stop sending the solicitations and that perhaps he would purchase some items in the future. Interestingly this opened a relationship in which I would text Joe on occasion wishing he and the team luck. Joe is a very nice guy.
What Joe didn’t know was that the company I owned was not my primary occupation, he still doesn’t unless he reads this post. On 9/11/11, the 10 year anniversary of the attacks, my career as a Federal Air Marshal was winding down. In fact that day I would fly my last ever mission.
On that flight I sat next to another very nice man, Tom Hoog. Tom and I struck up a conversation during which he told me his 17 year old Grandson Tyler had been paralyzed just the month before in an off road jeep accident in Colorado. At the end of the flight I gave Tom my information and told him that I would help in any way I could.
Not long after Tom told me they would be holding an event, which would include an auction, in Denver to raise money for Tyler in order to help with the incredible cost of caring for a person who was paralyzed. That was when I contacted Joe Garone and asked if they might have any items to donate for the auction. Not only did Joe and the great people at Furniture Row donate a hood from one of their cars but they hand delivered it to Tom. It brought a good price at auction and helped Tyler and his family a lot when they really needed it.
I don’t believe in coincidence. There would have to be too many of them for these events to play out the way they did. Me sending too many envelopes to Joe, him calling me to say so, me keeping in touch with him, me meeting Tom on my last ever mission, his grandson living in Colorado where Furniture Row is based (the only team outside of NC).
No, I don’t believe in coincidence but I certainly believe in kindness. Joe and the folks at Furniture Row Racing didn’t need to donatte that hood but they did. They did so without any fanfare or need for recognition. They did it because it was the right, kind thing to do.
I will always pull for Furniture Row and so will Tom and Tyler Hoog. Tyler is a Sophmore now at UNC Chapel Hill and doing great. I told Tom just the other day, for the first time, why I was really on that flight.
Thanks Furniture Row Racing for letting me be able to tell something really, really good!! Go get em tomorrow!!