Stan and Judy Meyer at the BrandSource Summit in Las Vegas
BrandSource member donates over $25K to aid evacuees
By Andy Kriege, YSN
Stan and Judy Meyer jumped into action when the crisis in Ukraine got ugly.
“We were like everyone else, watching the refugee tragedy unfold in Ukraine, and we felt the need to help,” said the couple, who own Stan’s BrandSource TV & Appliance and an Ashley Home Store in Beatrice, Neb.
The Meyers came up with the idea of holding a one-day Ashley sale and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the women, children and elderly fleeing the war.
The fundraiser was held on the Saturday before Summit, and was promoted online, via social media, and on an electronic marquee on an adjacent expressway.
The Meyers pledged the funds to two charities: The Christian Broadcast Network’s Operation Blessing and Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. Both have set up field hospitals and other humanitarian operations across the border in Poland to treat mounting civilian and military casualties. As Stan noted, one of the pop-up facilities has 80 beds and can perform on-site surgery.
What inspired this act of generosity? “God has blessed us immeasurably,” Judy said, “and we are called to share with those who are in need.” Stan also thanked their customers, some of whom drove 80 miles to help in the effort. “It was more than we expected and are grateful for the support,” he said.
Indeed, the Meyers were blown away by the response — and the $25,457 that was raised that day for the charities.
This is not the first time the Meyers have answered the call for those in need. The couple are long-time contributors to local and national charities, and most recently sent a truckload of supplies to Mayfield, Ky., to aid the victims of the tornado-ravaged area.
YSN gives a big tip of the hat to BrandSource members Stan and Judy Meyer for their caring and generosity, which now extends across the ocean.
BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress, and CE dealers.