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Work hard. Be kind.
In 2020, Real crystalized our core purpose statement and values, including “Work hard. Be kind.” We all know Real agents work hard. Here are some ways agents went out of their way to be kind.
My kids did a service project to collect food donations for our local food pantry. Our neighborhood responded in a huge way!
In June, my peonies were in full bloom. They’re so gorgeous. The weather was taking a turn for a severe thunderstorm, and it was actually my husband who suggested I cut them down. The storm would wipe them out. I ran outside and cut a bouquet. Instead of bringing them in, I knocked on our neighbor’s door. I then presented the bouquet to the lady of the house, who was astounded, and couldn’t believe I was giving them to her. As neighbors, we were always cordial to one another, but had little interaction. Little did we know she would tragically pass away four months later. But in that short time, we had formed a routine of always waving to one another. I’ll never forget how great it felt to see the smile on her face getting a simple bouquet on that rainy day.
Jamie Martin Kline
I volunteer for Road to Recovery with the American Cancer Society. We give rides to cancer patients who can’t drive or have no one to drive them. It’s highly emotional as most people have severe cancer and are getting treatments or going to doctors, and it can be an emotional roller coaster. It is rewarding knowing these mothers, daughters, husbands, brothers that really need to get their treatments are able to get to where they need to go in order to do so. Praying one day they find a cure for cancer.
With food becoming scarce at the beginning of the pandemic, one of my neighbors who volunteers at a food pantry asked if she could take the overflow food back to her house to run a smaller pantry for families that had lost their job/needed help securing food. I started volunteering with her and that slowly grew to become a full-on pantry that takes food that would otherwise end up in the dumpster to families in need within our community. This overflow pantry is known as “Carol’s Kindness”. Carol is 75 years young and an amazing individual. She helps reduce food waste in Austin. Any produce that is not suitable for human consumption anymore gets sent to animal rescues and/or composted. I’m just a volunteer helping this amazing woman run her pantry; but it feels so good to help her effort!
Jo Anne Bullard
I have personally donated to our Fairbanks Little Pantries, and an opportunity came up where our outreach committee from our local real estate board had some extra funds. I suggested those funds be used to fill the pantries. They agreed! So now those that have a need can go to one of them and find food or other needed items.
I designed a landing page for a non-profit holiday event -- www.cyfcholiday.com -- and a custom Amazon wish list for gifts for foster kids and teens. Sometimes the teens are forgotten with toy drives.
We also wrapped thousands of gifts and distribute to the kids and teens, with the help of great small business owners and organizations in South LA and Inglewood.
I'm a part of a non-profit group iMatter Too. During Thanksgiving, we catered food for the Bassett Center in NC which serves as a outreach residential center for homeless families. In the fall we conducted a coat drive for the center as well. During Christmas, we are provided gifts and toys to the families that live in the center. Along raising my granddaughter, I adopted her half siblings this Christmas so that they can experience a Christmas like no other. Her siblings never really get things they want or really need because they are use to getting random gifts from donation centers, so my family and I are not exchanging gifts this year instead we are giving back.
Over the past few weeks my daughter and I have been performing random acts of kindness by giving out poinsettias to random people. With everything that has transpired in 2020 and so many families facing hardship, we just wanted to bring smiles to people.
Patricia Ann Young
For one week I asked for food to be donated by all my neighbors in lantana. They did not disappoint! So many are in need right and to see the reaction when we dropped off the food was priceless!
Helped a person who needed help purchasing a car.
I just send a text to all my past clients with a “holiday gift” using www.evabot.ai.
Every year, 32 members of our local family pick a charity to support throughout the year. This year was the Salvation Army. This year we have raised $53,000 through fundraising events, ringing the bell, selling salsa and baked goods and car washes.
Also, on a regular basis, I will randomly pay for people's meals or coffee. The other morning, it was pretty cold and I had to run an early morning errand to the grocery store, coming out of the store, I gave my gloves and my bag of groceries to a man sleeping on the cold concentrate. I went back in and bought my groceries again and a bunch of those fleece blankets to give him. Community service has been instilled in us since we were kids and I try to be kind all the time and absolutely love that kindness is a core value at Real.