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Our vision is to create profitable companies that allow us to provide revolutionary generosity according to biblical principles. To fulfill our vision, we must be profitable; however, we are not in business solely for the betterment of our own lives. We exist to make a difference in the world.
It is our philosophy that you cannot take it with you when you die, but you can send it on ahead.
When I was a young boy my mom worked as a social worker for the school system in rural North Carolina. Part of her job was making home visits to families of children in the school who were evidently not cared for properly. Near Christmas one year, she had to make such a visit. She found that the children had no long sleeve shirts or winter clothes while the temperatures were below freezing. During that visit, she found a middle-aged woman who was missing one arm and was the caregiver for her three grandchildren. She had no job, no money, and no support.
My parents taught me early about the value of random acts of kindness and generosity. At Christmastime, we would normally help someone in need. I was about 12 years old this particular Christmas when we loaded a wood burning stove, a truck load of wood, and clothes for this grandmother and three kids. When we arrived at the house–down a dirt road way out in the country–we found an old, run-down shack. The entire family huddled under blankets in their one bed using body heat to stay warm. The temperature was freezing, and it had snowed all day. The cold wind whipped inside the little wooden shack with no heat. That day, we installed the wood stove and left the truck load of wood and assortment of winter clothes for the family. Within a few weeks, my mother helped the grandmother get a job.
About five years later, the grandmother came to see my parents and told them that they had given her a new start, a new outlook on life, and the energy to turn her life around for her grandkids. The family had moved into a nicer home because the grandmother was providing a stable income.
After growing up witnessing random acts of generosity and how it made a difference in the lives of people, I find myself with the passion to continue the tradition I was taught. I want my companies to make a positive impact by touching and enhancing the lives of others.
Michael L. Tetterton
Founder and President