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Carried Away Gifts
Patrice DeHaven, Owner
Carried Away makes YOU look good by providing your company with marketing solutions and gifts for clients and employees.
SBDC comes to the rescue…
As one of the 3 angels of Loudoun County
I look to the SBDC as a wonderful resource for continuing education and take advantage of its seminars whenever possible. Last year, I attended a seminar at The Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg. I was leaving with lots of good information from the seminar and no car keys. Where could they be? After all, I drove there. Not in my pockets or purse. Did I leave them on the front seat or in the ignition? Did I drop them along the way? Oh no…we had just gotten the first significant snow storm of the year! After much frustration on my part, Robin Suomi, Executive Director of the SBDC, willingly offered to take me to my house in Sterling to get my extra set of keys. She also took me all the way back to the library to get my car. She was Angel #1 — and just in the nick of time! As I was clearing off my car, there was the tow truck. If we had been 5 minutes later, I would have been towed away, since I was parked on a snow emergency route. That’s all I would have needed!
While I was driving home, I knew what I’d be doing for the rest of the evening …shoveling my r-e-a-l-l-y l-o-n-g driveway. Our snow blower was broken and my husband was out of town. Somehow it always seems to snow when he’s out of town. To my surprise, when I pulled up, my driveway was cleared. J, my neighbor was Angel #2!
How to thank my two Angels? I made chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate for my Driveway Angel. For my Chauffeur Angel, I went to Let’s Dish, an innovative store where you can make family-friendly meals. I had made Robin late for dinner with her family, so I decided to save her time and make her a dinner (while also supporting a local small business, which I knew would make her happy).
About 4 weeks later, I got a call from the library. A Good Samaritan had turned in my lost keys — Angel #3! What’s amazing about this story is that the call came from the Rust satellite library — NOT The Thomas Balch Library where I attended the seminar 4 weeks earlier. The snow plow took my keys on a trip through Leesburg and they ended up in the gutter in front of one of the churches. My keys had a library UPC card on them, so the Samaritan took them to the Rust Library. The library scanned them and found out who they belonged to…ME!
There are good people out there and they live in Loudoun County.