Give the Gift of Time

02-07-2011 1:40 PM

David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay Inc.Today’s guest blogger is David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kay Inc.  David joined Mary Kay in 1993, and in 1996, he became Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.  In October 2001, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer.  In April 2006, David was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.   

As many of you, our faithful readers know, Mary Kay Inc. was founded upon and continues to live by the guiding principle of the Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  And what better way can we live this philosophy than through giving to others?  Mary Kay Ash was a great believer in giving of herself and her time.

In fact, she said:  “I have found that it’s the happiest kind of life that you could ever have believed if you’ll just go out to give instead of getting.  Being able to do things for others fills you with a warmth that you can’t get any other way.”

Mary Kay Ash had a servant’s heart, and that’s why I know she would be thrilled to hear how we plan to continue her legacy of giving.

From Feb. 8 - March 8, 2011, we can show our giving spirit by participating in the first Mary Kay Global Month of Service.  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, Mary Kay independent sales force members and employees are uniting in their goal to volunteer 1 million hours of community service around the world. 

Thousands of “Mary Kay family members” will join together during this month in more than 35 countries to change lives and local communities.  International Women’s Day is a global celebration honoring women and their accomplishments and contributions to society. 

This month of giving reminds me of a day that is still very special to me – even almost 40 years later.  My father took me along with my friend and his dad to help re-roof an elderly neighbor’s garage.  At the time I thought it was great I could climb on a roof without getting in trouble, although later in life I realized that event represented so much more.  My dad was showing me I should help others and give back.
 
What’s a time you can remember where you helped someone?  Maybe it was your family member, friend or co-worker.  Or even someone you don’t know at all.  Perhaps it was a big undertaking, or just a simple gesture – even a random act of kindness.

Picture the person you helped.  Who was that?  How did you help?  What difference did that make for this person?  And how did that make you feel?

Mary Kay Ash always said one person can make a difference in this world, and by participating in the Mary Kay Global Month of Service, I know you can.

How you choose to volunteer your day of service is up to you.  You can even inspire your family, friends, customers and fellow colleagues to join you too.  You can:
• Volunteer with a charity of your choice – a group you already support, or a new one works too.
• Participate by making a difference in your daily life by doing such things as: 
• Volunteering for a child’s school or sports organization.
• Making dinner for a new mother or elderly neighbor.
• Running errands for someone in need.

What speaks to your heart?  Who will you help in your community?  And who will you bring with you?

Whatever community service you choose, just make sure it counts by reporting your participation with one click of a button at marykay.com/service by March 8.

It’s a great way to share with everyone the heart of this company, which of course, began with the heart of Mary Kay Ash. 

Please join us in what we hope will be our greatest act of Mary Kay kindness yet.  Can’t wait to hear your plans and stories of helping fellow neighbors during this special month.

My wish for you is that you feel the warmth and joy of giving when you make a difference in your community during our Global Month of Service!  Mary Kay Ash would have been so proud.