Paying Forward Consciousness...Live it in Every Season

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  We believe that "paying it forward" is not a seasonal is a mindset.  There are givers ....and takers...and we believe that we are "heart first" people....and that is where our lives and practice are rooted.  

    Our alternate passion (besides real estate) is cooking....we love it !  Rarely from "a book"...with inspiration from the Farmer's market, the pantry...or just because...a recipe is rarely repeated in exact ingredient proportions.  Before my Grandmother passed  away...she gave me her cookbook full of Cookbooktreasured family favorites.  I never opened it until after she was good.  Examples of directions are..."Bake until done...Add just enough...."  and so I have followed her pattern of just enough and some of this or that in our culinary creations..often as winter approaches...a variety of soups that have stacked frozen portions in the freezer for warming us on the chillier days to come...but I digress.

   The freezer (new bigger and better one) has some supply of something that can be taken to someone who has lost a family member, is returning from the hospital, is newly widowed....whatever the need thcontainersat we feel a home cooked meal will fulfill.  We have a large collection of disposable containers and pans that fit entrees, sides and sometimes the sort of  TV dinner sectioned approach so that no has to return dishes.

   We have regular collections for the food pantry which always include the necessary from baby food to pasta...but a little bit of fun sneaks in with powdered drinks and popcorn. Being poor doesn't mean no fun.

 Toys1    This season finds us doing our traditional "family adoption"....David is especially fond of finding toys and I love dressing little girls from hair accessories to socks with colorful designs...feeling as though you "fit in" is more important than the we do both.

     We believe that helping small businesses prosper is a "give back" to the community.  Having owned a marketing agency in another life, we have several that we work with in different ways. Some we help with a marketing plan, some with referral goals to them, others with execution of their plans from graphics and printing to planning special events. Building awareness, customer loyalty....and watching them prosper is a great feeling and so appreciated while they tend to the areas of their businesses that they do best.

   We are active members of the Collaborative Family Council of Wisconsin and this year will chair a major fund raiser for the Collaborative Foundation of Wisconsin.  ThiCollaborative Foundation of Wisconsins organization funds divorce services for people who are otherwise unable to afford them thru some pro bono work from members and donations from the foundation to cover the out of pocket expenses.

   The Women's Center benefits throughout the year with different things from their wish list which could include pantry filling to items for the "Secret Gift Shop" that children give their Mom's....and dressing the beds with pillows, sheets and blankets for the shelter part of facility.  Tears come easily when I cannot begin to imagine the courage it takes to leave an abusive home with nothing and forge ahead to a new life .

 Believe BIG    This year we lost a neighbor to cancer and she sought treatment thru an organization that has a mission in using alternative methods to the treatment of this horrific disease. Believe BIG has a great deal of hope and health to offer people suffering with the ravages of this disease and we now include them in our charitable giving.

       Live every day with some thought of the other person...the friend who lost a job, the neighbor who lost a wife, the abused woman who lost a home...believe that you can make some difference in how they look at life...and you can....we know we do.  Amen and Women

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Well written and good for you for giving back and keeping traditions alive!  Last night I made sarma for the first time!

Nov 30, 2016 05:40 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Sally and David. Sounds like you have a system in place to enjoy your hobby while benefiting others with your result! Enjoy your day! 

Nov 30, 2016 05:45 AM #2
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

I agree that it's not just a seasonal effort. Although it's important around the Holidays, everyday is an important time to pay it forward!

Nov 30, 2016 05:48 AM #3
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Sally and David... your generosity knows no bounds either during the holiday season or throughout the year. 

Nov 30, 2016 05:51 AM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

So agree it should not just be practiced seasonally, I love what you do Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Nov 30, 2016 06:35 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Sally and David -- it's clearly evident in your well-written post that the Pay It Forward attitude is a way of life for you.  Your generosity seems to have no boundaries.   

Nov 30, 2016 06:38 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You do so much for so many, thank you for being a "heart first" person, it warms my heart to know that people like you are out there!

Nov 30, 2016 06:51 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

You are so right, "paying it forward" is not a seasonal thing.  It is a mindset!  Enjoy today.

Nov 30, 2016 07:15 AM #8
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

As pointed out, if it's in the heart, then it comes out all the time and that is what is most important

Nov 30, 2016 08:50 AM #9
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

You guys get it.  It's not about us - its about them.  We need to show grace and love to those around us and you guys do that in a big way!!!!

Nov 30, 2016 09:43 AM #10
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Sally & David - Those are all very thoughtful and personal acts of kindness that will make a big difference for those experiencing difficulties. Kudos for what you do and how you do it.

Nov 30, 2016 11:41 AM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You do so much for others and your freezer meals have to be a life saver for those sick and unable to do for themselves. The blessings have to flow your way.

Dec 01, 2016 07:05 AM #12
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