Winner of the Free “Ticket to Ride” Has a Story to Share- (don’t let the pic scare you)
Earlier today, Dave and I were given a sheet of paper with a list of names on it and told to call names until someone calls back and claims the prize. Pretty standard radio contest, nothing we had not done in the past, so at 7 a.m. we did just what we were told. The first person never called in in 9 minutes and 87 seconds, so at 7:30, we called Teresa Flanders. 59 seconds later, Teresa was on the phone claiming her free tickets to every concert we help promote over the course of 2013. She was excited, emotional and almost out of breath, because let’s be honest….this is not a prize to sneeze at. We spent a few minutes on the phone with her, offering congratulations etc…again, in as much as great and excited listeners are…it’s kind of what we do.
A little later on, I got this letter from Teresa and I asked her if I could share it with y’all. She said yes….
“I have a little story I would just love to share with you. While I was on my way to work this morning, I had to stop by the Meijer Gas station. (I needed my Morning Milk) As I was about to open the door to go inside, around corner comes walking a young man about 10 or 11 (maybe) In his Jammies, carrying a bag of cans to return. I held the door open behind for him, He thanked me and walked in behind me. I proceeded to go and get my milk. As I walked up to the counter to pay, he was just receiving his change from the clerk. then he walked back into the store to get what ever it was he was going to purchase. I had some money left on a gift card, and that is what I used. There was $2 dollars and change left on the card. I looked at the clerk and told her, Give the rest of that to that young man that was just here, and I left the store. I watched through the window as they handed him the card with the money, He looked a little confused but then again excited and went back to buy something else. Today is a great day!!!”
Why am I sharing this? Well, I am kind of a karma guy. I think good things happen when you do good things for others. I try to apply it to just about everyone I come across. This world can be a pretty cold and unforgiving place at times, and when people are greeted with a smile a little dignity and respect they get it back ten fold. Like Teresa here…..to her it was a leftover gift card, to that boy…it was a pot of gold….and karma saw to it that Teresa’s good deed was rewarded….handsomly.
Thanks for sharing your story Teresa….you, and the rest of the great listeners are part of the reason I am beyond excited to be at WFGR….and there is a lot more to come.