President’s Letter – Kindness is Kool

by Candy Maxey, Greystar, AATC's 2019-2020 President

Wesley Chapman, Maintenance Supply HQ, pushes in a cart of gifts for UGM’s Christmas in July.

Kindness not only has a direct effect on others – it has a positive impact on the person being kind. I love the gentle encouragement that says, “Do kind things for other people not because of who they are or what they might do for you in return. Do kind things because of the person you are or the one you’d like to become.”  

It has been my observation that the members of AATC are kind by nature. I see people doing kind things throughout the multi-housing industry every day. Some of our best events are those where the underlying purpose is kindness. For example, each November, hundreds of AATC and AAGD members give generously to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign in DFW. If you’ve never been there, it’s incredible! 

Each February, more than 200 of our members can be seen rolling a ball down wooden plank lanes during AATC’s annual bowling tournament to help the residents at Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth. Our friends and neighbors in Tarrant County, burdened with no place to call home, are better off because of your kindness.  

Last week, AATCs Christmas in July program was creatively moved to a virtual event to respond to our current pandemic challenges. Santa showed-up to exclaim ho-ho-ho online, and we used a virtual gift registry to provide more than $1,000 worth of presents, gift cards, and other necessities for all 24 kids currently calling UGM their home.  

Thank you, Wesley Chapman and Annie Williams, for setting an example for the rest of us to follow. And, thanks so very much to each of you, including many of our leaders, who took time.  

Although challenging stories are filling the pages of our newspapers daily, please take a sec to look beyond the current social injustice and pandemic-related concerns and seek out the real-life stories about people being unbelievably kind—it’s reinvigorating. 

As Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.” Wishing you a bucket full of kindness! 

Candy Maxey is a regional supervisor for Greystar in DFW, and she’s serving an extended-term through December as AATC’s President. For additional information on the Association’s Community Service activities, reach out to Annie Williams, AATCs Director of Special Events at awilliams@aatcnet.org.