Paying it Forward in December 2014 in Lewisburg WV

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Paying it Forward in December 2014 in Lewisburg WV

Here is my December challenge post for paying it forward during the holiday season. I try to pay it forward helping others throughout the year. Lewisburg WV has the best people.... everyone helps others in need. We have so many charities throughout the year, and believe me they are ALL a success. My act of kindness for the year includes volunteering, donating, giving cash or time, collecting items for feed the need community food drive, baking, etc.


Our Greenbrier Valley Board of Realtors completed the 4th annual community food drive. The food drive starts in November and ends the second week in December. Each year I volunteer at the Kroger's Store collecting non-perishable items and cash. It is always fun and yes somewhat tiring asking people to help feed the hungry. I remember one man saying he needs help putting food on his table. My remarks were something like..."when you go in and buy food for your family, bring me an extra can of food to help others have food on their table. When he came out of the store, he had two cans of soup. I thanked him for his generosity. Every can or dollar helps. We did this from 11 am til 3 pm.



Paying it Forward, feed the need 2014



The last event for the Feed the Need Food Drive, is a live auction at our Christmas and Awards Luncheon. This is the third year for the auction. Starting in November I go to the local businesses and ask for donations for the auction. This year I received 18 donated items from:

Alan Anderson, Anderson Consulting & Design, The Front Porch, Bella, the Gourmet Shop,  Laurie Larson. Cooper Gallery, Pittis Pottery, Suzanne Perilli Hancock Interiors (SPHI), Osage Pecan Company of Lewisburg, Harmony Ridge Gallery, Focus On You, Washington Street Gallery; and donations from the Greenbrier Shops were Atlantis Leather, Virtu Studio Gallery, Gibsons, Mackenzie-Dow Fine Furniture, and Appalachian Moon Woodworks.


The asking for donations is very time consuming and I also add the donations to our Facebook page. The local merchants have always been very giving and providing some great gifts for the auction.


I also did two shoe boxes for children that are sent to different countries.  Our church collected over 60+ shoe boxes. This was fun....I did one for a boy and one for a girl.  Items purchased were small stuffed animals, hard candy, toothbrush, toothpaste, crayons, pencils, notebooks, toys, and socks. We were asked to provide $10 for each box as well.  I heard there were 60,000 shoe boxes sent to kids around the world. How great is that!


As a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, I said I would help a family at Christmas.  The Church's out-reach ministry is Wellspring, an organization that help families in need. Wellspring is a 501c3 non-profit organization that assists the working poor, homeless, transient and other people living in poverty throughout the Greenbrier County. So the last thing I did in December to pay it forward was to buy Christmas presents for a family. The family only wanted clothes for their 2-year daughter and for an infant (her baby is due in February). I purchased an infant seat, diapers, baby clothes, socks; and for the daughter I found the cutest outfits, a pair of shoes, and socks. I got everything they requested on the list.  This was a fun day!


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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Rebecca --- you definitely have the right attitude -- I love the line where you said it was fun --- paying it forward really is as enjoyable as it is beneficial to those in need.  

Dec 30, 2014 02:47 PM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Rebecca, these are both great ideas.  Our real estate office collect canned goods a couple of time a year.  I like your idea better.  I love the Shoe Boxes for Children, as well.

Dec 30, 2014 03:49 PM #2
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning Rebecca. Great ideas! Sometimes when one forgets about self and engages in activities that helps others it is rewarding and fun. Good for you.

Dec 30, 2014 04:40 PM #3
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good  morning Rebecca. Your area is fortunate to have someone like you to assist those in need. I always enjoy reading about your various ways that you make a difference in your community.

Dec 30, 2014 04:52 PM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

"Adopt a family" is such a great program Rebecca. I am sure "your" family will more than appreciate your gifts and some day pay it forward, too.

Dec 30, 2014 06:05 PM #5
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Good morning Rebecca, I love the idea of sending a shoe box to children in other countries are here at home. Paying it Forward throughout the year show your a true angel.

Dec 30, 2014 07:26 PM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Having fun helping others speaks volumes about you and your character Rebecca.  Your kindness and generosity shine through and we can also see how big your heart is.....great way of paying it forward.

Dec 30, 2014 08:17 PM #7
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Wishing you and your entire family a wonderful New Year's Eve and all the best for a successful 2015!

Dec 30, 2014 09:10 PM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Rebecca, you gave so much this year and I really enjoyed reading your post. Your generosity is wonderful and I can tell you had fun doing it. Great job paying it forward. 

Dec 30, 2014 09:40 PM #9
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Sounds like there were quite a few opportunities this year for you to give back! Well done, Rebecca - I'm sure this will inspire many of us to get out there and pay it forward! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2014 11:45 PM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rebecca, I know you are constantly giving to help those in need, but LOVE the shoebox idea.    What a wonderful way to give back!  

Dec 30, 2014 11:52 PM #11
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Rebecca,  Nicely done.  You gave with your heart in every way!

Dec 31, 2014 01:10 AM #12
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


You do numerous things all through the year without question based on my reading your blog. Great job by you and all the great orgaizations you are helping. Happy New Year .. 

Dec 31, 2014 02:47 AM #13
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Rebecca ... wonderful post my friend, featured to the group:


And have a "Happy New Year" 2015

Dec 31, 2014 03:23 AM #14
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Food drives are a great way to pay it forward, Rebecca, and wow, what a contribution you made to your community.  Good job.  Happy 2015!

Dec 31, 2014 06:57 AM #15
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX



Just stopped by to wish you and yours a Happy New Year!  I hope 2015 brings you the best of everything! I look forward to getting to know you better in 2015!


Dec 31, 2014 07:32 AM #16
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by to read my "pay it forward post".  This was a fun contest.  Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz , thanks for the feature in your group.  

Will try to return comments soon. My brother in law is in the hospital and not doing well.

Dec 31, 2014 10:28 PM #17
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

You are so very welcome 

Jan 01, 2015 04:47 AM #18
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