What I Am Thankful For…

November 23rd, 2011

Over that past few weeks, the Hendrick Boards’ team has been hard at work reaching out to develop relationships with animal rescues and shelters all over the nation. Given how close we are to Thanksgiving, the outreach prompted me to think about what I am most thankful for.

When I first sat down to write this, I admittedly started thinking about things I did not have and wishing I had more — a bigger house, a better car, the latest computer and material things I have always wanted.

I got frustrated and stopped writing until just a few days ago. I took William, my rescue dog and best friend, to a small dog shelter near my home. No visitors were there, most likely because it had been raining and cold. Then the most powerful thing happened.

One very big dog (possibly a pit-bull/rottweiler mix) was laying on the ground soaking wet and trembling with his head on his paws, his nose just peaking out from underneath the gate he was behind. He had wet marks streaming from both eyes; undoubtedly, he had been crying.

William walked over to the large dog, layed down nose to nose with him and both stared at each other — with only the wire fence separating the two. William licked the large shelter dog’s nose twice and sighed a little as he layed his head on the dog’s muzzle peaking underneath the fence. They both layed there on the wet cold concrete — William with has head resting on the large dog’s nose making a connection I could not believe I was seeing.

I was extremely embarrassed after just thinking about the material things I had wanted and now looking at this lost, confused, abandoned shelter dog finding just a little comfort from William laying by him. I cried. I felt so embarissed I was thinking about material things while all this dog wanted was love and a home. Its amazing how something so small, yet so strong, can really take EVERYTHING and put it right back into perspective for you.

So now I sit again writing about what I am thankful for. I am thankful for the love I feel every day from my best friend, William. I am thankful that I get to be part of the solution to animal cruelty and shelter animals. I am thankful to help give a voice to the millions of animals every year that don’t have a voice.

Even if I can help just one animal, I have made a real impact.  So when your thinking about what you are thankful for during this holiday season, remember the abandoned dog at the shelter, and the only thing he wanted and needed is love, a simple feeling, emotion and action that everyone can give.

Hendrick Boards Makes the 2011 Socially Responsible Holiday Gift Guide

November 16th, 2011

Shop With Meaning named Hendrick Boards to its top-10 list of socially responsible companies for its 2011 holiday gift guide.

Shop With Meaning highlighted the Vintage Eco-Cruiser at Hendrick Boards, made from sustainable bamboo and plant-based stains and paints.

 

Source: http://shopwithmeaning.org/2011/11/men%E2%80%99s-christmas-gift-ideas-socially-responsible-christmas-gifts-for-him-shopwithmeaning/

 

Hendrick Boards Takes Giving to the Next Level

November 8th, 2011

Purchases of Every Hendrick Boards Product Now Triggers a Donation to Animal Shelters Nationwide

Hendrick Boards, the premiere skateboard and apparel company that embodies the Orange County beach lifestyle, today announced that the Company has expanded its giving product lines. Each and every Hendrick Boards product purchased online or in retail stores gives back to local animal shelters and pet adoption programs across the nation.

The move to expand its purchase-based giving to include every Hendrick Boards’ skateboard, piece of apparel and accessory marks a strengthened commitment to local shelter animals and facilities. Now, Hendrick Boards’ customers have even more ways to help rescue animals in their own community.

“We are excited to more than quadruple the ways our customers and Hendrick Boards together can give back to local animal rescue facilities throughout the nation,” said David Hendrickson, Founder and CEO of Hendrick Boards. “The initial success of and the demand for the Boards 4 Barks collection proved that we can make even more of an impact on the lives of rescue animals by expanding our products that give back.”

Every Hendrick Boards’ purchase triggers a donation to animal charities – from $2 for every accessory and $3 for every piece of apparel to $10 for every long board purchased. Donations stay in the community where the purchase is made: 75 percent is donated to local animal shelters (based upon the state of shipment) and 25 percent goes to national animal programs, particularly programs aimed at disaster relief for animals.

The collections at Hendrick Boards are eco-friendly and as chemical free as possible, a statement against the chemicals once given to William, Founder David Hendrickson’s rescue Chihuahua. The hand-designed long boards are made from sustainable bamboo and paints and stains are made using crushed plants and ground coffee. The majority of the pieces of apparel are made from 100 percent organic cotton, eliminating all pesticides used in the growing and production process.

About Hendrick Boards
Hendrick Boards, www.hendrickboards.com, is a leading designer of eco-friendly, handcrafted maple and bamboo skateboard decks and distinctive apparel – for anyone who likes to stand out and make a statement. Based in Orange County, California, Hendrick Boards seeks to showcase and build the culture and lifestyle that skateboarding inspires, while ensuring the protection of the environment and helping to safeguard the welfare of pets and animals through every purchase.