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Unselfish effort a win for all

Two local businesses proved recently that when competitors work together for a good cause, everybody wins.

Little Guys Movers and Duryea Moving & Storage — who have tried to outbid each other for jobs before — combined efforts to help the United Way of Denton County move into a new office space.

United Way CEO Gary Henderson said the nonprofit organization had outgrown its old location on Dallas Drive and needed help moving loads of files, paperwork and furniture to its new home, more spacious accommodations on Teasley Lane.

As soon as Little Guys Movers heard that United Way needed to move, it wanted to help, said Bradley Steiger, a general manager with the company.

“When we look at an organization and we see someone who does such great things for the community, we try to help out in ways that we can,” he said. “In this instance, it fits perfectly. We feel that sometimes that can be better than writing a check — if we can help with the things we know how to do, sometimes we believe it can be better than money.”

Thus, Little Guys Movers had five employees and two trucks at the United Way offices on the first of two moving days to get the process off to a good start, and Duryea employees stepped in on the second day to finish up the project.

It was the first time Steiger could remember that the two companies had paired up for a project.

“It seemed like something that would be kind of unique. We both wanted to help out, and it seemed like this would be the best way to do it,” Steiger said.

While there has always been friendly competition between the two companies, both have always worked to help the community, said Jack Karnes, a manager with Duryea.

“Little Guys has been with Denton a long time and Duryea has also, and we know each other very well. They are good guys,” Karnes said. “Whenever we get a chance to do something like this, it’s kind of fun, to tell you the truth.”

Other local companies also pitched in to help the United Way make its transition to the new location as smooth as possible, donating cubicles and even painting walls, Henderson said.

“The whole community is chipping in. It’s nice. We feel loved,” he said. “We are so grateful that Little Guys and Duryea came together to make this donation possible for us. I think it’s just another example of the great businesses we have in Denton, and how they support the nonprofits in our community.”

We agree and commend both companies on their professionalism and willingness to help when needed. Such an unselfish approach to doing business is a great way to build a stronger community.