The Atlanta Jewelry Show, along with the rest of the world, is responding to a crisis the likes of which we have never seen. The last few weeks have been some of the most tumultuous in our history but as I write to you today, I am truly inspired by so many things happening in our community.
Even in the midst of this significant economic and public health crisis, AJS friends and family are finding creative and selfless ways to apply their expertise and commitment to serve needs in our local community, state, and nation during this challenging time. You are responding en-masse to meet this moment. Donating to emergency funds, sewing protective masks, sharing business advice, preparing and delivering food, many of you are rising to the occasion to help those around them. Others offer thanks and concern to all the helpers (to use Mr. Rogers’ term) who are putting themselves at risk to care for others. Even in the face of a global pandemic, we continue to serve our communities.
When I see how our industry is responding, I am reminded of an inspirational quote: “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” I am proud and honored to be a part of such a giving and selfless group and I am moved daily by your kindness. Together we can and will move on to a better future.
Sending virtual hugs,