Here’s your sign

03-22-2012 8:00 AM

Naomi Buerkle, Mary Kay Inc.’s Vice President and General Manager of Branch OperationsAs a part of our Global Month of Service, we are featuring blogs about the importance of volunteerism and community service. Today’s blog is written by Naomi Buerkle. Naomi is Mary Kay Inc.’s Vice President and General Manager of Branch Operations. Naomi oversees one of Mary Kay’s five regional branches and is based in the Chicago area.

Have you ever heard the saying “here’s your sign?”  Well sometimes it takes a little more than one sign to get the message. If you pay attention, there are signs are all around us.  Or at least that’s how I was inspired with this year’s Global Month of Service project.  Here’s my story.

The management team at the Mary Kay North Central branch outside of Chicago was tasked with finding a project we could do for Global Month of Service.  They surveyed their teams, kicked around some ideas, called different places, attempted to coordinate times and location, then kicked around some more ideas, but nothing seemed to stick until the day we received a letter from the VA hospital.  It was a thank you letter for the holiday cards we had sent.  The letter mentioned how they get lots of cards at Christmas and for Valentine’s Day, but could use greeting cards all year long – Here’s your sign . . .  

At the end of January, my hubby received the standard, funny, you’re so old birthday cards from loved ones and neighbors, but the one card he made a point of showing me was from one of his students.  Let me explain, he drives a school bus for special needs kids.   Somewhere along they figured out it was his birthday, and at the end of the day a little girl gave him a card she had made.  The card had a school bus with smoke coming out of its tailpipe, along with faces of all the kids on the bus and a happy birthday wish.  Kids art, it’s priceless and has such an impact –  Here’s your sign…


Okay, I’ll confess, I have a soft spot for kids’ art.  It’s probably because I have no artistic ability to call my own and I’m amazed at how a crayon on paper can come to life.  So, I shared the card making idea with the team as a Global Month of Service project and it was a go.  Employees could bring their kids / grandkids to do the hard part – the art work, and the adults could add the words of inspiration, it seemed like a win, win.  You get family time, along with good works equal making a big difference.  Our goal is to make 500 greeting cards for those that give so much of themselves.  When you care enough to send the best, you send it with loving hands.   Here’s your sign…

 "You are a star at what you do and we are sending you a million smiles, From Melvin Myles age:11" Card created to give to a soldier at the VA hospital in honor of Global Month of Service at Mary Kay

Card created to give to a soldier at the VA hospital in honor of Global Month of Service.