Thankful Thursday-From volunteering to getting paid to volunteering again

Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Hi Everybody-Another year has come to a close. 2009 was quite a year. I had my share of challenges just like everyone did but we survived and tomorrow is a whole New Year. Time to set goals for the New Year and reflect on all the blessings in your life despite the challenges. I have many things to be thankful this Thursday and New Years Eve 2009. Here is a recap of this years blessings.

I have met a lot of wonderful folks here on Active Rain who have welcomed me, made me smile, laugh and supported me this past year of posting and even worried about my physical challenges. That meant the world to me. When I had a birthday they gave me a virtual cake and flowers and wished me a very happy birthday. I have read many wonderful blogs and seen some incredible pictures from talented folks. I feel very blessed to be a part of this online community where people share their wisdom, their trials and tribulations but most of all they share their heart.

I have been blessed these last 3.5 years to work for the best realtor in the world in my eyes. Now that doesn't mean all my realtor friends here aren't super and awesome. I just happen to be a little LOT biased and know I am blessed to not only work for this lady but also have her as a friend. She has brought so much to my life and I will be ever grateful that she gave me an opportunity at a better life. She is truly one of my special angels here on earth.

Now on the last day of 2009 there is another reason I am SO very thankful for. In latter part of July or early August I received a e-mail from my church that an non-profit organization that the church is affiliated with needed help with sneakers. Little did I know that answering that e-mail would literally change my life again like it had in 2006 when I met the woman I call friend and boss.

I absolutely loved what I was doing with this new volunteer experience. It opened up a whole new world and awareness of things and people that we often don't think about. When I went in the morning of September 14th I never dreamed what was about to take place. All I can say it is and was an incredible blessing that touched my life and heart in a way that nothing else ever has. The volunteer coordinator Mandy knew I loved it there so she spoke to the VP of operations Jeane. They were looking to hire a temp in the warehouse and told me it would last a week possibly more. Well all I can say is that has been the longest week in history. <SMILE>

I have learned so much and love the people as they are warm and friendly. I got to build specialized pallets for homeless vets, missionaries etc. as well as sorting, inventorying and boxing up everything from teddy bears to shoes to medical supplies.  The last project was for local vets, the salvation army, a soup kitchen and a home for men who had substance abuse issues. Below are some of the pics from that last project. We delivered it all on the Weds before Christmas. That was so awesome.

Wrapped boxes with supplies


Goodies for the vets and organizations


Cosmetic bags with personal care items/candy


Fresh Fruit


Assortment of necessities



Now one of the other projects we did was heartwrenching to think about, but this simple disposable mattress pad(pic below) that is used to protect a bed from urine serves as a VERY different but critical purpose. The mattress pad that were what they called rejects are bailed and sent to the recycling plant where they would be destroyed. Instead we ship them to places like Hondoras and Jamaica as well as a couple other places.

Now these rejects are then used in these poor areas of these countries as diapers for children that don't have any diapers at all. They are cut into 4 pieces and taped to hold them on. Imagine a baby that doesn't have a diaper but still has to go to the bathroom just like our children. The mess is bad enough but these poor babies had diaper rash from head to toe. We take so much for granted in this country.




So even though yesterday was my last official day as a paid employee I will continue on as a volunteer. As a matter of fact Monday the 4th I will be helping to pack a years supply(365) of vitamins for our troops who are leaving for Iraq. If the time comes again that they need my paid help then I will be ready, willing and able. So on the 31st of December 2009 I am very thankful to have had this 3.5 month paid opportunity and for all the blessings God has brought my way in 2009.

P.S. January 1 also marks a milestone for me on Active Rain. Instead of writing a separate post tomorrow I am just adding it here.  January 1 2010 marks my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY here on Active Rain. Another blessing indeed.  Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart for making this year so wonderful. 


Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (10)

Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Sharon:

You are a WONDERFUL LADY my friend!

I'm so proud of your accomplishments.

Have a Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2009 11:35 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Sharoney ! - Thank you for all you give to this place and so many other places !

Your volunteerism is wonderful and YOU make a difference :o)

... and lastly, Congrats on your 1 year here in the rain !!!!

It's been a pleasure and I look forward to running into you in the Rain through 2010 !!!

Cheers Sharon !!!! Happy New Year !!!!!

Dec 31, 2009 11:49 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Toula-I am very glad to call you friend. Happy New Year my friend. <SMILE>

Hi Sheldon-You my friend are a great inspiration to all of us in the rain and I look forward to another year splishing and splashing here with all my good buds like you. Cheers to YOU and Happy New Year. Look forward to meeting you in 2010. <SMILE>

Dec 31, 2009 12:05 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

SHaron, Happy New Year to you and also Happy AR Anniversary!  YOu are a kind soul and you do so much good in this world.  I am glad to know you!

Jan 01, 2010 01:35 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Kristin-I am so very glad to know you as well. Thank you for the dual well wishes. Happy New Year. <SMILE>

Jan 01, 2010 01:55 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sharon that one year of meeting all your peeps on Active Rain zoomed by didn't it? I loved hearing your story about the volunteer converting into the paid position. It sounds wonderful for you, all the people you met, and your contribution to the world. I am so happy and proud of you growing and enjoying that area. Your Realtor being the best in the world, well she is lucky to have you is all I know. That's probably the real reason she is the best in the world <Smile>. Happy New Year dear friend!!! You sure keep us supplied with wonderful photos of all your travels. I still think you are a curator of a museum there in Virginia cause you tap into so many resources for us. Keep it up. We would tremendously miss out if you weren't out there for us.

Jan 01, 2010 02:39 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Gary-Thank you for the very nice comment. I appreciate it very much. I am expanding my museum in 2010 <SMILE> I would miss you and everyone if I wasn't here so I made a x 10 decision for 2010 regarding A.R. Guess you will have to stay tuned to find out. <SMILE> I vividly remember last year and starting on A.R. I was a wee bit nervous if you remember. But the more I did the easier it got. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. (((HUGS)))) Happy New Year back at you my dear friend. <SMILE>

Jan 01, 2010 03:30 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Deer Sharon, and you are dear to me.  I remember seeing your comments left on posts and thinking who is this Sharon person?? LOL  I loved your comments and followed those over to your post.  I am so glad I did, and happy that I met you "in the rain".  You have warmed my heart with your posts, and describing your volunteer-then paid work to help our vets and people in need throughout the world.  You are a treasure!!  Congratulations on your wonderful year, and your one year anniversary at ActiveRain!  You go girl!  There is nothing that will stop you in 2010 --and I can't wait to hear the stories :-)  Love to you - Happy New Year Sharon!

Jan 01, 2010 01:49 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sharon, you shy and nervous? I think you are way too extroverted now. Look out for Sharon in 2010!!

I love Mary Douglas' comment, "Who is this Sharon person?" I've been saying that ALL ALONG in a very positive way!!

Jan 01, 2010 03:54 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Mary-Thank you so much for that wonderful comment and compliments.  Thanks to all my friends like you here I actually do feel like nothing is stopping me. The person that has always stopped me before is the person I look at in the mirror every morning, She is a real tough critic of mine. I think she should make sure she listens to you and Gary and all my A.R. buds cause they are all very supportive, loving and wonderful. Im am so looking forward to 2010. Maybe 2010 will be the year I get to meet you and Debi. Now that would be cool. Thank you so much for your loyal support and wonderful friendship. I am truly blessed by it. You my friend have a heart of gold. I have so loved getting to know you and I look forward to more in 2010. Have a great first weekend in 2010. <WARM SMILE>


Gary-HA HA very funny. You know full well all I went thru in the beginning and YES smarty pants I was nervous and also shy. You know my acronym well and know that part of me is VERY much my core. She has just blossomed a bit since Jan 2009. Maybe it was the company I was keeping LOL.  YES, my friend watch out for shy Sharon Lee in 2010. Remember what I told you. <SMILE> x 10 in 2010.  You can have a front row seat if you play nice. <BIG SMILE>

Jan 01, 2010 10:19 PM