Don and Margie Lee Gustafson and the truck that means so much The Truck At The End Of A Rainbow Community Connection and Care O n January 5 Don and Margie Lee Gustafson awoke to discover that Don s truck was gone What ensued united their entire equestrian community By the time the truck was recovered just two days later their story had reached hundreds of people As farriers Don and Margie are well known and well respected in the industry In fact Margie is a previous President of the American Farrier s Association Don is also known for his talent as a singer you may have even heard him singing the National Anthem at Menlo 44 Photo Credit Alden Corrigan Media Charity Horse Show However their story didn t stay constricted within the bounds of equestrian society it was shared so many times that after the truck was found Don explains a woman stopped me at the grocery store and told me how glad she was that I got my truck back and I still have no idea who she is For them it wasn t just a truck its value went above and beyond the value of a vehicle The truck itself was put together by Emil Carre an amazing farrier I worked with for four years Emil and I were really good friends After just 18 months he decided it wasn t the truck for him it and we arranged to buy it from him And then very very YOUR NEWS YOUR SPORT YOUR BUSINESS March April 2017
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sadly he passed away There s a tremendous amount of attachment to him his life and his death that were just part of that truck It was in a way like being able to see him or be with him while you were in it In addition to the sentimental value of the truck the worth of its contents weighed heavily on Don and Margie You start to think about what was in the truck and wondering if you ll ever see those things again Don explains Not just shoes and nails but tools and things that come into your life over the years tools made by friends and gifted to you You just don t know if you ll ever see those things again Sentimental value anvil and tools Don Gustafson singing the National Anthem After filing the police report Margie logged into Facebook at Menlo Charity Horse Show and shared the news on every group and page she was part of The response was overwhelming Margie s posts were shared hundreds of times reaching over 13 000 people through forums and friends two of the equestrian community s beloved members were in need and people responded It spread so broadly and so quickly that I was amazed Don says People were so responsive to it I got phone calls and texts from people saying let me know what you need If you need it I ll send it to you Somebody even offered me their truck On Saturday January 7 Margie and Don received a call from Silverhawk Russi a San Mateo County Horseman s Association member in South San Francisco saying that their truck had been found parked Don Gustafson on the street Thanking her profusely they got in touch with dispatch and drove to meet the officer who was on the scene A pair of sunglasses and a few small items were missing from the cab but not even a nail had been stolen out of the back While they were waiting for the truck to be cleared from the system Don made his way over to where Margie was waiting in her car to thank her for everything she had done getting the word out When he reached her Margie held up her phone and said let s make a video to say thank you to everyone who helped us It had been such an emotional roller coaster and we d gotten so much support from so many people and had been able to recover the truck because of the connection that everybody had through social media It was just such an amazing example of how good social media can be and how we can take care of each other That video was done in one take Margie explains He didn t prepare it he didn t rehearse it because he didn t even know he was going to do it He just walked over to the truck and thanked me for helping him find his truck and I said why don t you thank everyone who has helped us and we ll make a video and put it on Facebook And that was straight from his heart Don and Margie reached out to their circle and watched the people around them lift them up and make sure they were taken care of The phenomenal results they found the experience they had sharing their story has left them humbled and very grateful We have all kinds of reasons to be upset with each other and to keep away from each other but we can find reasons and good ones to really look out for and care for each other We can make a difference in each other s lives Pay attention be involved pick up the phone do whatever even if it seems insignificant it means a lot to the person on the other end March April 2017 Forging ahead Watch the Video There is a Green Truck at the end of the rainbow by Margie Lee Gustafson CJF at youtu be vSnupKVQ9xA YOUR NEWS YOUR SPORT YOUR BUSINESS 45
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