It all started when one resident of the Bethel Convalescence Home let the staff know that riding in a hot air balloon was on his bucket list. A call to RE/MAX Unlimited Real Estate and a hot air balloon event was scheduled.
What a pleasure to see all of the residents sitting outside the facility, on a beautiful sunny day, watching the RE/MAX balloon being spread out and inflated.
And then the excitement really started - as more than 50 residents, most in wheel chairs each had their moment in the air. The process of lifting each resident out of their wheel chair, into a chair placed carefully in the balloon, a 4 minute ride into the air up and down and then a lift back into their wheel chair. And then a small glass of champagne to celebrate an exhilarating moment of freedom! The smiles on resident's face were the reward for all the volunteers who helped the event happen.
So balloons are not just for kids - we had definite proof yesterday!
It once again made me proud to be a RE/MAX agent who provides service to the community - far beyond the normal tasks of real estate.