This past Tuesday was recognized as Giving Tuesday. During this charitable season as you are thinking about your end-of-year giving, we would love for you to consider making a donation to a local cause. While the holiday season is a joyful time for most, for some, this time of year is a struggle. Several years ago it came to our attention that there was a group of pre school age children who were living below poverty level and in need. While many local organizations step up to help meet basic needs like food, clothing, and school supplies, we decided that we wanted to take on the task of ensuring that each of these children received a Christmas present. Out of our desire to bring a bit of joy to these children during the holiday season, our non-profit organization, SA323 was born!
The SA stands for Salvage Assurance and the 323 is based on Colossians 3:23 which is the core of our mission statement: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Each December we purchase and present one wrapped gift to a group of around 100 children who might otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. We call on our friends Frosty and Rudolph to help deliver the gifts as well as provide snacks for their Santa party. 100% of the donations received are used locally to provide for these children. All donations are tax deductible and no gift is too small.
If you would like to make a donation, please stop by our showroom during regular business hours or give us a call at 877-737-0554. Each donation of $100 or more received between now and December 15th will receive one of our custom Alabama wood ornaments. These ornaments are made especially for us by local artist Leldon Maxcy. We understand that there are many worthwhile organizations seeking donations during this time of year and we truly appreciate your consideration in helping us put a smile on the face of a these children that need your help!
Every donation of $100 or more will receive a custom Alabama wood ornament created especially for Southern Accents by local artist Leldon Maxcy.
The Lovely Miss Heather
Ask Southern Accents owner, Garlan Gudger, and he will confess, without hesitation, that one of his greatest accomplishments in life has been marrying his beautiful wife Heather. Heather is not only his partner in life, but his partner in business. Heather has always been heavily involved in the decision making but now that their two young sons are in school, she has taken on a more active role in the day to day operation of the business. If you attended the Birmingham Home & Garden show this past February or most recently The Chapel Market in Montgomery, you probably saw Heather hard at work in the Southern Accents booth. Visit our showroom and most days you will see her working with customers or spiffing up the showroom floor or front windows.
While hard at work around the showroom, Heather is also very active in the community. This past year she was instrumental in helping plan and implement large community events such as Celebrate Cullman. She also stayed busy planning a few of our own events such as the 2013 Alley Party and our “Painting For A Purpose” fund raising event which is a new venture near and dear to her heart.
Heather has been at the forefront of Southern Accents latest venture… forming a non-profit charitable organization. The charitable organization, aptly named SA323, is a team effort. The SA is short for Salvage Assurance while the 323 is based on Colossians 3:23, a Bible verse that we have adopted, as a team, as our work ethic. Funds from our Painting For A Purpose community art event held last month will be used during the holiday season to help a group of children in our community who are in need, assuring that they each receive at least one present this Christmas. Future fund raising events and charitable opportunities are in the works.
When asked why setting up a non-profit charitable organization was important to her, Heather replied, “Garlan and I are passionate about giving back. We’ve been blessed and believe that giving back to those in need is the right thing to do. We consistently have people cross our paths that are going through a hard time and need a little help to see them through. But, we did not want this to be just about us. We wanted this to be a team effort. Future projects will be a joint decision between our awesome Southern Accents team members. Everyone’s on board with this venture!”
If you have not had the opportunity to meet “the lovely Miss Heather” be sure and ask for her when you visit our showroom or look for her at any of our upcoming events!
Written by: Lisa Jones
Southern Accents Webmaster/Marketing