Local Business continues their spirit of giving during the holidays

TORN DOWN BUT OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Carnahan CPA is operating out of a temporary building on the premises while plans are finalized for a new modern building to be constructed on the site as seen on the opposite page.

TORN DOWN BUT OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Carnahan CPA is operating out of a temporary building on the premises while plans are finalized for a new modern building to be constructed on the site as seen on the opposite page.

By Kellee Hennessy Dickerson

Carnahan Andrews CPA rm may not yet have a new permanent building after 7 feet of water engulfed the place during the flood of 2016, but a temporary building hasn’t stopped them from being thankful for what they have and giving back again this Christmas. Carnahan Andrews will continue their annual Holiday Open House and giving campaign by donating not to just one local non-profit organization, but to four.

“Every year, our employees go on a FaceBook Marketing Campaign starting in July and we ask the public to like our page and then to select a local non-pro t that they feel deserves recognition,” Shelby Carnahan Andrews, owner of the rm, explained. “Then the non-pro t who gets the most votes and the most likes will receive a $1,250 check from our company. The other three non-pro ts will each get $250, “Andrews said.

For the smaller donations, the CPA firm sells paper ornaments (that will decorate the office Christmas tree) to the community when they come inside for services. Clients purchase the ornament then write their company name on the back so the non-profit who receives the money knows who to thank for the generosity, well wishes, and good cheer.

“It’s just a great way to get our name out there but to truly recognize great non-pro ts with dedicated people who are going that extra mile to help others, or making a difference in someone’s lives,” Andrews said. “So many of them do not have the time, money, or resources to really promote all that they do, so we try to help let the public know who they are and the good work they are doing out in the community, “she added.

“Most of our clients are in Livingston Parish, so we try to help local non-profits that are most in need and who are going above and beyond to serve the public,” she added.

Past recipients of the Holiday Open House and Campaign of Giving are The Livingston Parish Children’s Choir, Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade for Children and Mighty Moms. This year’s top four nominees are:

• Mighty Moms which is approved by the Livingston Parish School Board. They help feed hungry kids in our parish, with names of the needy kids given to them by school counselors.

• The Livingston Parish Chamber’s Leader- ship Program of Giving Back which provides shoes for the needy kids in our public schools.

• Friends of the Denham Springs Police, which is a smaller non-pro t and not as well-known.

• TARC in Hammond which helps children with disabilities and their families.

THE VISION IS ALIVE. Mark and Shelby Andrews stand proudly behind 915 Range, home to the future offices of Carnahan Andrews CPA.

THE VISION IS ALIVE. Mark and Shelby Andrews stand proudly behind 915 Range, home to the future offices of Carnahan Andrews CPA.

Andrews said, “I am a transplant to this parish, but my husband was raised here. It’s amazing to see the spirit of giving from this community. It’s the public who inspires us, just like these charities do, to help promote them and help them out in a small way and also to say thank you for what you are doing to help those in need.”

The Carnahan Andrews CPA rm’s Holiday Open House and Campaign of Giving will take place on Thursday, December 7, starting at 11 am. They are inviting a representative from each non-profit to attend as well as their clients and the public to enjoy cookies and holiday cheer. The awards will be announced and prizes handed out at that time.

“We hope to be in a new building by next year at this time, but regardless, we are blessed and we are thankful for all that we have and for the community and for those who make difference in their lives of others. That’s what the spirit of Christmas is all about.” Andrews said.

Shelby Carnahan Andrews has been in business 25 years. Aside from preparing tax returns and providing monthly bookkeeping services for the clients, she is also a forensic accountant and expert witness who can testify in court regarding accounting records. She also works with attorneys advising them on which questions to ask when requesting and reviewing financial documents.

Details: Carnahan Andrews CPA rm, 110 La- Salle St. at the corner of S. Range Ave., across from WalMart in Denham Springs 225.243.4980. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 7 am – 4 pm, and Friday 7–noon. Website: www.shelbycpa.com; email: Shelby @ shelbycpa.com