December 23th, 2009
Today, more than ever, I am proud to be an Entrepreneur. More specifically, I’m proud to belong to a community of marketers called CarbonCopyPRO. Thanks to 49 different individuals responding to a heartbroken mother’s plea for help, 19 year old Jessica Phillibert will be able to continue her education at Wheaton College next month.
Here’s a short version of the story: Melanie, a team member of CarbonCopyPRO, needed $18 384 to keep her daughter in school for another semester. Funds that the Phillibert family did not have. With the tuition payment deadline rapidly approaching, it looked like the 2009 fall semester would be Jessie’s last. Every option had been exhausted.
With nowhere else to go, Melanie in faith asked the school for a payment extension and then turned to Jay Kubassek for help. Jay, as you may know, is co-founder and CEO of CarbonCopyPRO, the direct sales company that both Melanie and I work for.
CarbonCopy has 10 000+ members in 170 countries, and so naturally, prior to her approaching him, Jay had no idea who Melanie was. However, touched by her story and intrigued by her tenaciousness, Jay took it upon himself to launch an impromptu fund raising campaign for young Jessica.
First thing in the morning he sent an email out to all the top producers with our company, asking everyone to pitch in to support Jessica’s cause.
Next, Jay stepped out on VP of Leadership John Jackson’s “Wake Up” call for the CarbonCopyPRO community, asking our members for their support. They were encouraged to visit Jay’s blog where they could read Melanie’s story in more detail, and where they would also have the opportunity to make a financial contribution if they felt led to do so.
Jay Kubassek and wife Jamie lead the way with a $3000 donation…
$10, $25, $100, $1000…gifts of all sizes poured in to Jessica’s tuition fund all day long. Top earners and “newbie” marketers alike wanted to help.
It’s now 15 hours later, and we’re at an amazing $15,760. $ 2624 short…that’s it. And, of course, it’s not over yet. It’s not over until we reach the needed $18 384, which will cover Jessie’s tuition in full.
“Do something for someone today, with the KNOWING that there is no possible way for them to repay you.” That is the call to action Carbon Copy’s VP of Leadership John Jackson always leaves his listeners with on his daily “Wake Up” call. And this philosophy in action is exactly what we saw today.
Which is why, today in particular, I am proud to be a CarbonCopyPRO entrepreneur.
I am proud to be part of a 20+ million dollar company where the CEO is human enough to recognize, and fulfill, a need when he sees it.
I am proud to belong to a community of network marketers that in the midst of their last minute holiday preparations, can still find the time to demonstrate love for a young college girl whom they do not even know.
And more than anything I am proud to serve a God who answers prayers in such extravagant and unexpected ways.
In fact, sometimes – as with Jessica – He even gives us a Christmas Miracle…
Update: It has now been 12 hours since I first published this post… I am thrilled to tell you I woke up this morning to learn that not only had the goal been met but the funds had already been wired to Jessica’s school. 78 people contributed an average of $235 each to make this happen! We did it!
Merry Christmas everyone!