IDEA FOR NONPROFIT
In addition, the perspective that the experience provided has changed some of their plans in life.
Tina now has the dream of starting a nonprofit — a warehouse full of donated items for daily use. Then, when someone loses their home in a fire, flood or other disaster, she would go to the scene, give them her card and invite them to the warehouse to get whatever they need.
The Rocks noted that such programs exist in other places, but not in the tri-county area.
“I’m excited; I really want to do that,” Tina said. “There’s enough great people around that I think I can have it within two years.
“There’s a huge need. And I love to give things away.”
CHANGE OF PLANS
Craig and Tina own and operate the seasonal Go! Calendars concession at Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh, and Craig was recently offered the opportunity to buy four of the company’s concessions in Burlington.
Before the fire, he was planning to do so. Now, he sees things differently.
“It would mean too much time away from my family,” he said.
With the fire, he explained, “we’ve lost a lot of belongings — but that’s just stuff.”
The experience has made him appreciate his family even more, and while running four Burlington concessions might be financially profitable, it would leave him with little time to spend with his children.
“When you go through this, you have more of an appreciation for the things you have in life. You have more of an appreciation for family.”