You Can Help!




This time of year, it’s pretty normal to hear the question: “How can I help?” It’s a question our parents made us ask our friends and relatives when arriving at their homes for holiday get-togethers as kids, but it’s an important question for adults, too. “Thanks, we’re all set!” is the response you’ll get more often than not, but once in a while you will be asked to chop onions, set the table, get the baby away from the dog food, etc.

“How can I help?” is courteous when you’re a guest in someone’s home, but it’s an important question for life in general, too. This time of year, many of us are fortunate in that we can get together with our friends and families to enjoy a nice meal, gifts, and so on. Not everyone is so fortunate.

That’s why, this time of year, I always encourage people to take a little time to ask “How can I help?” in a more comprehensive way. There are people all around us that could use a warm meal or even just people to enjoy it with. As the winter starts to move in, a warm coat and some gloves are important to have, too.

There are a million ways that you can help others make their holidays better, if not special. A quick Google search of food pantries and shelters in your area will find you plenty of worthy recipients for your time, money, and even physical items like food, toys or clothing (especially outerwear). If the huge number of options gets overwhelming, feel free to drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to recommend some of the organizations that our staff and I contribute to!

Do as you are able, but don’t feel you need to do more than you’re able. Every little bit helps. If you find that giving back a little this holiday season takes exactly zero skin off your nose, then feel free to continue helping as you see fit in January, February and beyond!

Thank you all for reading, and from all of us at Staples Marketing, have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Getting to Know Staples Marketing – Part Four




We all have days when we wish we could just win the lottery, right? This week’s installment of “Getting to Know Staples Marketing” will give us a glimpse into what everyone here would actually do if it happened for them.

Question 4: What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Amy: I would give some to my family, save some, go on a shopping spree, and buy season tickets to the New York Knicks.

Josh: Donate a big chunk and then do a little traveling.

Danny: Call my lawyer.

Cathy: I would find a talented chef who shares my vision and open an Italian restaurant.  Something that is authentically Italian, but with some modern updates.  But not an Olive Garden.

Katie: Plan a huge trip around the world!

Erik: Pay off debts.

Jenny: Fly all my friends to Jamaica and have a giant party!

Rick: Rent a cabin, stock it with good food and great alcohol, and take as long as we needed to think about it. Or not think about it.

Laura: The first thing I would do is to hire a competent PR person to handle the deluge of media and requests for donations, and a fantastic financial planner to help me use the money in the wisest way possible.

Ingrid: I would determine the dollar amount available after taxes and then invest the money.  A portion of the invested money would be for retirement, some monies would be given to niece, nephew and daughter to pay off college loans once they have completed college and have good jobs and are established.   I would give some of the money away to non-profit organizations.

Ryan: I would walk outside, pop my trunk, grab a golf club and pretend my car is the printer from Office Space.

Roe: I’d invite family & friends to join me on an all-expenses paid vacation in some exotic, warm, fun location.

Traci: I would buy land on Lake Michigan and plan to build the house of my dreams!

Steve: Three Things – 1. Pay off all my debts and those of everyone in my family. 2. Invest enough to have sustainable income the rest of my days without having to “work”, and 3. Keep doing what I love to do at Staples Marketing but give a third of my winnings to charitable causes.