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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This quote by Hector Urquhart’s introduction to 1860’s Popular Tales of the West Highlands applied to a recent phone call Southern States Management Group (SSMG) received recently.


A property owner in one of the communities that SSMG manages contacted the Community Association Manager, Troy Railsback, asking where he purchased the receptacle used for submitting architectural review applications. Troy explained to the gentleman where the box was ordered and questioned what exactly he was looking for. The gentleman said that he was a proud member of the Ponce Inlet Lions Club and that they were looking for a similar receptacle where people in the community could donate their used eye wear to then donate to those less fortunate.

Troy quickly let the gentleman know that when he originally ordered the receptacle, he received a blue one instead of white. When he contacted the company to come pick up the unit they said, “Go ahead and simply throw it away”. Fortunately, Troy did not and was able to graciously donate the receptacle that could have been tossed to the curb.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is the quote that came to mind when this story was explained to staff. Southern States Management Group was honored to provide this eye glass receptacle to the Lions Club of Ponce Inlet to help citizens in that community. SSMG is often donating behind the scenes and has contributed to countless charitable causes in the three decades in service in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

We heard from the gentlemen who called that day, Lion Shel Reichard PDG who sent us the attached picture with these kind words, “This is what result of your generous donation looks like. Donation by Southern States is displayed on bottom front. Thank you once again.”

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. For more information on the local group in Ponce Inlet or to find this receptacle, please contact online.