MHC&S – The CPA Firm with a Heart

May 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

That’s the way I see it anyway.  Yes, our firm does tax planning and preparation, we certainly do audits, we provide accounting services, and we offer a myriad of business consulting services to help our clients and their businesses succeed.  But we do more than that; we are a good corporate citizen in our community – doing what we can to make Greater Des Moines and the state of Iowa great places to live.

One of the ways we take care of our community is by hosting an annual blood drive.  This year the LifeServe Bloodmobile will be pulling into the MHC&S parking lot on May 24.  We invite our employees, families, clients, neighbors, tenants, vendors, etc. to join us in donating blood.   While donating blood is important during the entire year, it is always especially important during holidays like Memorial Day – with increased travel and vacations, the need for blood increases as well.

You may already know some of these facts, but it’s always good to be reminded of the importance of donating blood.  (This and other important information can also be found on the LifeServe website.)

  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • Only 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 10 percent donate annually.
  • One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets.
  • There is no substitute for human blood.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is 3.4 pints.
  • Every three seconds someone needs blood.
  • You cannot get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood.
  • About one in seven people entering a hospital need blood.
  • Fourteen lab tests (eleven for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.
  • People donate blood out of a sense of duty and community spirit, not to make money. They are not paid for their donation.

More than 3,000 units of blood are needed each week to maintain an adequate blood supply in our community and to meet rising transfusion demands across the country. In fact, nine out of ten people who live to age 70 will use donated blood during their lifetime.  New, first time donors, as well as established donors, are needed to expand and sustain the donor base.

The entire procedure takes less than an hour, and well, frankly, could anything be more worthwhile?   For more information about blood donation, please check out the LifeServe website. We invite you to mark your calendar and join us on May 24 to be a blood donor in our parking lot at 1601 West Lakes Parkway, West Des Moines.

Please click here to make your appointment online, and feel free to call our office at 515-288-3279 with questions.  It will make your day!

Rose Breuss
Rose Breuss
Director of Marketing – McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.

Just Do It

May 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

I recently came across this quote that a professor gave me in college:


People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered
If you do good, people will accuse you of
Selfish, ulterior motives,
If you are successful,
You win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Honest and frankness make you vulnerable,
What you spent years building may be
Destroyed overnight,
People really need help
But may attack you if you help them,
Give the world the best you have
And you’ll get kicked in the teeth,

(From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta)

There is a lot that is said in the quote – but I think the most important phrases are ‘LOVE THEM ANYWAY,’ ‘DO GOOD ANYWAY,’ and ‘HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY.’  I remember reading this quote in college, and not seriously thinking about how hard it might be to love people, to do good things, and to help everyone that I meet in my life with a smile on my face.  As I am going into my sixth year in the career world, I realize this is a purposeful mindset that one has to choose to live by, doing “the hard thing” – even when we don’t feel like it.  It requires an attitude of persistence in spite of discouragement or opposition.  In the workplace, it can be especially difficult when there are work demands, and emotions can hold us back from giving the best of ourselves.

Are you doing your best to genuinely live by those phrases?  It’s definitely easier said than done some days, and I admit, I fail at this at times, and it’s a work in progress.  But, yes, I want to be intentional in this area, and I want people to remember me for the fact that I loved, helped, and did some measure of good in the world, not only with my family and friendships, but also in my work relationships.

In college, we had a project to write our eulogy.  This was very thought-provoking (and kind of sad!), as I thought about the legacy that I want to leave behind.  I encourage you to think about that with the quote above.  Are you sleep-walking through life, or are you being purposeful in your actions to love, doing good anyway, and being helpful to anyone you come across, in the workplace and with everyone that you meet in life?

Sara Hugley, CPA
Sara Hugley
Senior Auditor – McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.

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