Rotary Club of Huntsville member and local Ford dealership owner Doug Sullivan was recently able to help an out of town basketball team who were a bit down on their luck.
The Sarnia Northern Vikings were passing through town when their bus broke down. Until now, they didn’t have any contacts in Huntsville and their prospects for assistance were slim to none.
While this may be a big problem in other communities, Huntsville is a tad bit different. The Vikings were truly astounded by the friendly and warm generosity of the community, especially the helping hands of Doug Sullivan.
Sullivan was able to negotiate a free night’s accommodation at the Comfort Inn, arrange a ride for the kids who needed to be home for March Break and took the whole team out for wings. As well, Fitt Gym let them use their facilities for free, while the Vikings also received a tour of Huntsville High School.
Christopher Jones, the head basketball coach for the Sarnia Northern Vikings, sent this message:
“Doug and your entire staff, we cannot express in words our gratitude. The fact that we were stranded in Huntsville with a group of teenagers was not an ideal situation. Doug, you and your entire staff went the extra mile for us in ways we could not believe. The fact that you did so much leg work to get the bus part in and expedited the entire process was impressive from a business standpoint. But, arranging for hotel accommodations for our boys, lending us your personal vehicle to transport them about town and then taking the entire team out for dinner was incredibly generous. We understand now why they call you Santa Doug around Huntsville. You have personally renewed our faith in humankind. Your overwhelming generosity and compassion for our situation will never be forgotten. We refer to our team as a family. Your entire staff and how they treated us a is a direct reflection of the family atmosphere you have created in your workplace. Our team was a special one this year so it was only fitting that we were looked after by a special person.”
For Sullivan, it was a matter of doing what was right at the time and seeing various parts of the community help out. For the Vikings, it showed that there are good people and great communities just around the corner.