Monday, November 18, 2013

Giving Back.

If you follow me on IG (@annexenos) or Facebook, you've probably seen a few pics I've posted today about an event I'm hosting tomorrow at the 'ol workplace.

If you're new around here, you may be in the dark about what I do for a living. I'm a Sales & Marketing Director for a Senior Living Solutions Company called Brookdale ( 

We have over 600 communities nation wide & 9 communities in Kansas City. I currently work at the community pictured above. I've been with the company for over 5 years & I have to say, it's been an amazing 5 years! 

Some people dream about going to work everyday & making an actual difference in someone's life. I get to do just that.

A few years ago I moved a lady into my community only to realize that she had no one there on move in day. She didn't have a daughter following her in the front door with a wreath for her apartment door or even toiletries she'd need to get thru the night. It was in that moment that I realized, how many older adults are there that truly have no one left? That will celebrate the holidays all alone?

It was around Thanksgiving at the time...and so it was born, "Bring Thanksgiving to a Senior." 

It's my third year hosting & ever year it warms my heart to see so many people in our community come together to ensure all of these Thanksgiving meals get to delivered to those in need.

I market to anyone who may know an older adult who may be home bound. These people attend a kickoff party at my community. At the party, they then order the amount of meals they need. The following week, they come back to the community to pick up the boxed Thanksgiving meal we've prepared & deliver it to their senior in need! If they can't deliver, my team delivers. 

The local news station caught wind & wanted to bring us in for a live interview this morning!! It was such a fun experience!! 

You can view the interview here:

I feel like I look like an enormous huge black whale. I'm blaming it on the camera angle. Bahaha. Good LORD, I could never be a news anchor. I'd hyperventilate getting dressed everyday. And so would my husband. 

"Honey, do I look fat in this?" 

"No, babe."

"Uggh. Whatever, I'm changing. And after work, I'm going shopping. I have nothing to wear!"

Coming from the girl who turned an extra bedroom into a closet.

Thanks for all your kind words on Instagram & Facebook, though!! You sure know how to make a girl feel good. 

Hope everyone's having a great week! On another note, I've only got two days left of mine. Jon & I are heading to Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday to see one of our faves, Justin Moore, live in concert. FRONT ROW BABYYYY!! Prepare for IG overload. No apologies, I gave you a warning. 

1 comment :

MarlaJan said...

Oh Anne, my heart is swelling with pride! Seriously, what an amazing thing to have that vision, and then see it become a reality. There is a Brookdale near us, I will have to look into the program!

I always love hearing the speaking voices of bloggers, it makes you seem more real to me. Ha! And you did not look like a whale, silly girl!