Long-time supporter shares her giving credo and inspiration
“If we turn even one person’s life around and one kid gets back on their feet because we stepped in, wow, how do you measure that?”
Gayle Robinson of Robinson’s Outdoor Store, impassioned Power To Be supporter for more than 10 years, shares the seeds of her approach and beliefs in giving. When she purchased the family store, a legacy in dire straits at the time, in 2005, she avowed that if she ever “…reached this level, I’m a success; I’ve made it.” Three years later, she did.
“I thought it would be the best moment ever, but it was the emptiest moment ever and I realized that if you are not making a difference and you are not giving back; it is empty.”
In that moment, Gayle realized she could apply her business acumen to how she and the store gave. Instead of “here and there,” she could meticulously select, with deliberate attention, one well-suited organization to support well. “We need to be more than buying and selling stuff,” she says.