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J.R. Martinez motivates Dalton company to volunteer

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- Employees from a local flooring company are getting inspired by participating in a three day conference called "Make it Personal."

They're taking part in several volunteer projects, but not before hearing from Dalton's own J.R. Martinez, a very inspirational war veteran.

"There's a lot of pain in this world that we've all seen, but I hope we all make a choice today as we follow in these volunteers that are going out in the community, they made a choice to help somebody," said Martinez.

The message was simple as Dalton's own dancing champion and Iraq War Veteran J.R. Martinez spoke to some 200 sales associates from Tandus Flooring.

His message: make it personal, find a problem and do all you can to help it.

Following J.R.'s motivational speech, Tandus employees from all over North America scattered throughout Dalton for some volunteer work.

Including Brad Hatcher from Nashville who says, "The main thing is we're just helping people, it's really rewarding. It's something we're very happy to do. I'm sweating a smiley face because we're so happy."

Fun for a great cause.

Tandus Flooring employs 1,400 worldwide, more than half are located in Dalton. They've been gathering here to do volunteer work for four years now.

CEO Glen Hussmann has been rolling up his sleeves for all four years.

"This is kind of a selfish activity because it makes us feel so good," Hussmann says. "All the employees of Tandus flooring, these guys are getting a lot, makes them feel so good."

As J.R. says, there's a big difference between saying your going to do something, and actually doing it.

"Instead of sitting in the conference room and talking about how to make a company a success, it's great to go into the community and help somebody," Martinez says. "That's the important thing here, make it personal, make it your own."

Tandus employees helped at Brookwood Elementary School, Dalton Middle School, the Boys and Girls Club and the Family Crisis Center.

As for J.R., he's putting the finishing touches on his book that will be out this year.

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