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Business sets good example

Kudos to the owners of 5W Collision Repair of Denton, who told us recently that they intend to use a portion of their profits to help others.

Jason and Brandi Weir said they decided that for each vehicle the shop repaired, they would make donations to a veteran’s organization and an organization that helps women.

The couple, who live in Denton, opened the shop in December 2012. One of their children came up with the name 5 Weirs — for the five family members — and Brandi Weir shortened it to 5W Collision Repair. Jason Weir had worked for a larger chain that was sold, and he decided he was ready to start his own business.

The first of what they hope will be monthly donations were earmarked for Bring Everyone in the Zone, a veteran support organization based in Killeen, and Denton County Friends of the Family, an organization that helps those impacted by rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Jason Weir, a veteran himself, said he decided on Bring Everyone in the Zone after talking to people at the Texas Workforce Commission. The organization is small and provides education and support to returning veterans and their families, and focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and other trauma from war.

“We’re a really small nonprofit. We help a lot of people, but we’re very small and rely totally on donations,” said Maureen Jouett, executive director of the group. “I was very pleased and happy that they were able to do this for us.”

The Weirs may change the charities they donate to each month. For example, if a local church decides it wants to do a program for homeless veterans, they would consider making a donation there.

“In our business, there’s a good bit of profit and I want to give back to the community,” Jason Weir said. “As long as my wife and I own our company, we’re going to give back to the community.”

Many local companies, large and small, make similar commitments. As we’ve pointed out many times, this is a generous community.

The Weirs’ decision to share their good fortune is just one example, but we believe it’s commendable and deserves to be noted.

Sometimes, setting a good example is the best way to encourage others, and we believe the example being set by 5W Collision Repair is a great one to follow.