By: Juan Arias and Charles Gratham, Herbalife Nutrition Independent Distributors
Most people strive to be the best version of themselves every day. Having a routine, a purpose and the time to plan ahead are tools for achieving such a goal. However, when faced with the unpredictable – like a natural disaster – individuals often show what they are actually made of.
In September 2018, Hurricane Florence hit the southeastern coast of the United States bringing strong winds and rain and causing catastrophic damage. North Carolina suffered major impacts: more than 10% of the state’s population was evacuated and around 10,000 homes suffered major damage or were destroyed by this devastating storm, leaving many without permanent housing. Juan Arias and Charles Gratham, Herbalife Nutrition distributors located in North Carolina, saw their communities in need and stepped up to help.
“Our nutrition club in Kinston, North Carolina, was one of the few places in the community that was fortunate enough to not lose electricity after Florence. Once the worst of the storm passed, we immediately opened the club to anyone who needed to recharge their phones to get in touch with their loved ones. We also opened our doors to people who just needed a shower or could use a protein shake, and partnered with a local church to hand out healthy protein snacks and meal replacement shakes
Through our nutrition club, we have created deep relationships with people in the community, and they know they can come to us whenever they need to, and they have! For the last two hurricanes, we have opened the nutrition club as a sort of operations center for relief efforts and people now know that it can be their go-to-place when natural disasters occur.
I’ve been working my Herbalife Nutrition business for eight years. I previously worked as a nurse for 25 years, so helping people has always been my passion. What we have learned from these harsh experiences is that doing good brings more good. A giver never gives out: if you always give from your heart, you will never be alone.”
“Our immediate relief efforts were focused on helping our fellow distributors who lost their nutrition clubs or homes. We own a nutrition club in Louisburg, North Caroline, and used it as a meeting point to organizing our customers and distributors to help any and every person we could and have the biggest positive impact possible. One of our customers offered his trailers as a place to store and distribute resources—people donated milk, diapers, sanitizers, non-perishable food products. We filled two trailers with supplies and brought them to Wilmington City and Newbern, two communities devastated by the storm. The folks there were incredibly grateful for the help and supplies they otherwise would have struggled to get access to.
I have been with the Herbalife Nutrition since 2005, and it has helped me grow as a person. The leadership teachings and the daily interactions with customers and distributors have taught me a great lesson: to help from the heart, not expecting anything in return. I am grateful forever grateful that I was able to give back when people were most in need.”