Phenomenal outpouring from the community for Haiti

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

picHi Everybody-I wanted to share with you the latest on our collections for Haiti. We have collected at a local grocery store on Thursday from 4-7 and collected 5 gaylord boxes(pic right) full of product which we boxed up Friday morning.

Yesterday and today we are collecting at Sam's Club and yesterday at Sam's we got two tractor-trailer loads(about 40 pallets) worth of supplies. We had about 25 volunteers this morning and by noon we had boxed and palletized everything. AMAZING!!!!!

We will without a doubt have another tractor trailer load worth of stuff by days end plus we are collecting tomorrow morning at church. With the monetary donations on Friday it helped purchase 550,000 meals through one of our partnering organizations working in Haiti. This weekend, these meals will be distributed.

Hundreds of churches across America are collecting supplies in the next two weeks for our efforts in Haiti. And thanks to partnering industries, here is the committed list of new product donations currently on its way to our warehouse:

5 loads of medical supplies | 2 loads of water | 2 loads of personal care products | 4 loads of clothing | 5 loads of shoes | 1  load of linens | Multiple loads of furniture 

We will be receiving the above shipments from across the U.S. in the next week. While all this will be a lot of work it is very exciting to be in the middle of all this flurry of activity and to know it is going to help those folks in Haiti who have suffered such a major disaster. The outpouring of supplies, money, volunteer help both at the warehouse and at the collection sites is simply incredible. We also are collecting at two ball games this afternoon.

I had my little vacation of sorts at the end of the year and was back to one job. Now with this and the phones ringing off the hook and donations coming in from all over. Friday I was officially back to paid work. I worked Friday and this morning and will be taking the monetary donations at church in the morning and then working again all next week and probably the weekend as well. 

Probably without a doubt as long as the donations keep coming in I will be working. I feel very blessed to be able to help out and feel very blessed that I not only have one job I love but two. It is wonderful. Before we starting unpacking and packing supplies I took some pics of our warehouse loaded to the rafters with supplies that have been donated. Below is some of the pics. They even donated 2 brand new generators from our Sam's collection.

We received 44 pallets of J Crew clothing. Sweats, t-shirts etc plus several pallets of water.


More supplies


One of the aisles at the warehouse with supplies and more water


Shrink wrapped pallet of bleach


Pallet of paper products and diapers.


One of two donated generators


Main sorting area this morning


Main sorting area this morning as well


I think we will have our work cut out for us the next two weeks and most likely even longer. I will keep you updated as we go. It is truly amazing what we can do when we set our minds to it.



Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (22)

Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Sharon, That is simply unbelievable! Great job!  The generosity of people is overwhelming.  Thanks for keeping us posted and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Jan 16, 2010 07:49 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Mary-I am pretty blown away by the incredible outpouring from the community especially in these tough economic times. We as Americans always step up to the plate. That is one of the things that makes this country so great. Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend as well my friend. <SMILE>

Jan 16, 2010 08:16 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Sharon, when you give people a chance they usually rise to the occasion. That is wonderful, just wonderful. A sad time for sure, but it does the heart good to see how much people care.

Jan 16, 2010 08:44 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Andrea-You are so right. Most people do indeed rise to the occasion. It does my heart good as well. Hope you are doing well. Nice to see your smiling face my friend, Have a great Sunday. <SMILE>

Jan 16, 2010 09:24 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for all of the effort, it will greatly appreciated.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 16, 2010 11:25 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Lou-It has been so worthwhile and lots of fun helping out. <SMILE>

Jan 16, 2010 11:34 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Hi Sharoney ! - You are the prime example of all thats good in this world my friend, and YOU make a difference. My guess is that you will get your reward from the man above for all your wonderful efforts !

You rock my friend !!!

Jan 16, 2010 02:29 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Good Morning Sheldon my friend-Thank you. You started out my morning with a BIG smile Thank you., thank you, thank you. I truly love what I am doing. It doesn't feel like work. It does feel good and something I very much believe in.  I pray that the man upstairs helps this relief effort get to the people so it can make a difference. Not a good situation over there. We are so blessed in this country. Got to go get ready for church. Have a super Sunday. <SMILE> P.S. YOU ROCK TOO!!!!

Jan 16, 2010 09:18 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I talked with my mother in law and she was making donations of water and blankets out in San Diego at the Naval Base where a military plane was being loaded.  It's amazing what Americans across this country can accomplish.

Jan 17, 2010 12:00 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Sharon, you are the bomb!! YOu are so giving and It is such an honor to know you...HOw is mom doing with the new pup?

Jan 17, 2010 01:36 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Tammy-It sure is and every little bit helps. At times like this we step up to the plate. Have a great Sunday. <SMILE>

Kristin-You are so sweet and the honor is mine my friend to know you and Mom and pup are bonding well. She already has a boyfriend next door. A little neighbor dog came over and they played in Mom's fenced in yard. Have a great Sunday my friend. <SMILE>

Jan 17, 2010 04:16 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

You are doing an amazing job, Sharon.  And what a huge amount of donations.  Now let's hope they let the stuff in.  It is desperately needed.

Jan 17, 2010 05:22 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Jane-It sure is needed desperately. We got it ready to go now the question becomes can we actually get it in. We also collected a large amount from the church today. ENJOY your Sunday and thanks for the visit. <SMILE>

Jan 17, 2010 05:43 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate goodness you will definitely be busy for a long time.  It is amazing and wonderful to see such generosity.

Jan 17, 2010 08:18 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan NY - Manhattan, NY

WoW Sharon how did you get so much done so quickly this is GREAT!! Good Job! :)

Jan 17, 2010 08:57 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Rebecca-It is amazing to see the generousity. I love it. As long as supplies come in we will be busy for sure. Have a great week my friend. <SMILE>

Hi Laura-We had lots of volunteers and that is why we were able to get everything done as fast which is wonderful since we are most definitely limited now with space. Nice to chat with you. Have a super week. <SMILE>

Jan 17, 2010 10:48 AM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Sharon nice work!  There is a critical need, more so now, but always!  Thanks for setting the example!

Jan 18, 2010 01:43 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Laura-There most definitely is. It is very hard to see the suffering. Thank you for the visit. Have a super week. <SMILE>

Jan 18, 2010 12:51 PM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

It's great to see people coming together to help those facing such terrible circumstances.  This morning I heard about more miracle rescues down there!

Jan 19, 2010 04:13 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Ann-It indeed is. I am amazed and happy to know they are still finding survivors. Hope your day was a good one. <smile>

Jan 19, 2010 12:24 PM