There is a special magic and charm that surrounds the holiday season, which makes everything sparkly and cozy. We look forward to spending precious time with loved ones, celebrating a successful year and anticipating the opportunities in the future.
With holiday cheer and a positive spirit, we also remember that this is a season of giving, and that should never be overlooked. While the RE/MAX INTEGRA network is exceptionally involved in our communities year-round, the holidays are a time when we realize how very fortunate we are, and we put a little extra thought into giving back.
Click the [+] symbols below to read how different offices in the region have given back this holiday season:
“We love to give back to our community because this is our home,” explains Kris Villars, RE/MAX On The Water owner.
Pictured: Kris Villars
“Myself, agents and staff have raised our families here. This is where we live, work and play too. I’m so glad that we are able to give back to the community this holiday season, because we want to do everything we can to make the Oshkosh area a better place for past, present and future customers and clients.”
RE/MAX Dynamic Agents in Mankato, Minnesota, is also active with Toys For Tots. The office hosted a pancake breakfast and photos with Santa, with free professional photography. Over 150 families attended and brought unused, unwrapped toys and monetary donations benefitting Toys for Tots.
Dennis Terrell, Owner of RE/MAX Dynamic Agents, explains his involvement with the charity, “The Toys For Tots program is rather large in the Mankato area and serves a large area and a large number of families. We think it’s a good idea to help families that are less fortunate this holiday season.”
The staff of RE/MAX Dynamic Agents donated money to purchase food items for the event, which Dennis hopes will become an annual tradition.
Pictured: Dennis Terrell
Dennis and his office participate in charitable efforts often, explaining that their MLS board started donating blankets for homeless children in the area. This year, all the homeless children in the Mankato area will receive blankets for Christmas.
Over in Jeffersonville, Indiana, RE/MAX FIRST got their agents involved with a giving tree. Owner Bill Burns made paper ornaments and hung them on a tree at their company holiday party. Each ornament had the name of one of four charities, Center for Lay Ministries, Rauch Industries, GCCS Educational Foundation and Clark County Youth Shelter. Agents in attendance had the opportunity to choose an ornament with one of the respective charities, to which RE/MAX FIRST donated $50 on that agent’s behalf.
Burns, who serves on the board for three of the listed charities, explained, “I wanted the agents to direct how the dollars would be donated.”
Pictured: Bill Burns
“I have been blessed to be the broker of some of most talented REALTORS in the industry,” Bill continues. “This year has been an extraordinary year and I wanted to do something on behalf of the agents as we close out 2016. Helping others and giving back to the community is one of my biggest joys, and giving is a natural part of RE/MAX FIRST. Our mission statement reflects that, ‘Positively Enhancing People’s Lives’”
While we look forward to seeing our children open perfectly wrapped packages, we also take comfort in knowing that even a small contribution allows a family to have a warm holiday meal or a gift under the tree.
These stories of giving from our region symbolize the spirit of this season, and we’re proud of all of our offices for their charitable efforts not only during the holiday season, but also throughout the entire year.