We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

The Healy $100 has become a wonderful holiday tradition at Healy Group. In December, each employee receives a $100 cash gift to help others with no strings attached.

This Christmas season, it is my privilege and joy to share my colleagues’ warmhearted Healy $100 stories. They represent the Healy Group’s values and help us remember what’s important about the season as we celebrate the magnificent birth of Christ.

“It’s the Christmas present each year that I truly value,” remarked one Healy Group employee. “We all get a chance to experience the joy of giving.”

Spreading the Healy Spirit in Our Community…

The idea came to me from a physician client who mentioned that he gave each of his employees $100 to support any cause of their choice. I shared the idea of doing something similar at Healy Group with the other owners, and they all enthusiastically supported the idea. The Healy $100 spreads the Healy Spirit beyond the office into our local and global communities. Over the years, it’s been heart-warming to hear the stories and the thought and care that our employees put into choosing how to give away their $100. They embody the true spirit of Christmas.

Here are a few of their stories:

“One year there was a terrible fire in the area right before Christmas and the family lost everything,” said a Healy Group employee. “I saw it on the news and knew right away where my $100 was going to go. It was going to help that family have a Christmas.”

Another shared the story of a wife who unexpectedly lost her husband and the father of her children. “She could not afford the cost of a funeral,” explained the employee.  “When I learned of the family’s predicament, I was grateful to be able to give the family a $100 toward the funeral expenses for their beloved.”

Others contributed to organizations that support causes close to their heart. “I received a mailing from a local church that included photos of their community outreach services,” said a colleague. “The church supports a soup kitchen for the poor and a clothing collection for families who need hats, gloves, and mittens. I’ve contributed the Healy $100 to this church because I feel like they are providing necessary services to the less fortunate with true needs.”

“I thought about that wonderful $100 that I had to spend, and I finally made the decision to give to the Reins of Life, a wonderful organization that strives to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy,” explained a colleague. “As I entered the building, I couldn’t help but to feel these individuals’ energy and excitement as they were gearing up for their day. After meeting with the manager to give the organization my $100, I left with a smile on my face and a feeling of contentment that made my day.”

….And Beyond

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Healy Group employees have directed their Healy $100 toward causes that touch lives outside of our local community, too.

“My sister is the director of a school that is in a very poor, under-served area in Louisiana. I sent her the $100 to purchase shoes and gloves for some of the children,” said a Healy Group colleague.

Taking the time to discern a cause that resonated, led one Healy Group employee to support a colleague’s mission in Uganda. “I waited for the right opportunity. Several months after December, when I learned about my colleague’s upcoming mission to Uganda, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The voice in my head grew louder and louder. I knew what I had to do with that $100, and I gave it my colleague for his Uganda mission.”

Another Healy Group colleague chose to help a struggling refugee family in her church community.  ” A mother from Congo with six children immigrated to the U.S. from a refugee camp my church sponsors. When they arrived they spoke no English. Despite their challenges, they are such a joy-filled family,” the employee shared. “I decided to match my Healy $100 and provide a nice Christmas for this family.”

Some chose to remain watchful for persons in need. Deciding to match the Healy $100, they went to Walmart with $50 bills. “We scoured the aisles for people who we thought could use the money. We gave $50 to a couple with a small baby and to another person who appeared to be in need. They were so happy, they hugged us with joy,” the employee shared. The employee also gave $50 to a family in Aldi’s and in Goodwill. “They were very grateful. One couple started crying and told us the husband was in the military and had just had open heart surgery.”

The Power of Giving

Listening to my colleagues’ stories, I am stirred by how much joy they receive from giving. “The Healy $100 creates wonderful little sparks of light from giving,” shared a colleague. “It gives us an opportunity to think about how can we make someone else’s world better.”

For me, it reaffirms that contrary to popular culture, amassing wealth and possessions doesn’t lead to greater sense of well-being, but generosity does. A Psychology Today article, explains that the sense of well-being that giving can elicit is more than just feeling good about ourselves – “it comes from a powerful sense of connection to others, an empathetic and compassionate transcendence of separateness, and of our own self-centeredness.”

Or in my own words, we experience what it means to become One in Christ.

This holiday season, Healy Group wishes you and your families a very Blessed, Christmas season.

About the Author:

Healy Group President

F. Richard (Rich) Preuss, Jr.

Rich, the President and an Owner of Healy Group, has been a financial advisor for over 36 years. His overarching goal in his work with his clients is to help them connect their money to their values. He believes that his work with his clients isn’t just about rates of return, asset allocation, and maximizing wealth; it is about helping them create a better life for those they love and creating a better world.