Thankful Thursday...Giving Back At The Holidays in Sedona

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739


Helping People Through Our Christmas Donations

Bell Ringing

I can't remember when I first saw bell ringers during the Christmas season but I have always given a donation as I walked into or out of a store. I guess I said to myself, this is the season to give, so I would dig into my purse to help. 

I Felt Compelled To Help....

Last year was the first year that I took the opportunity to actually ring the bell. I did it because my broker asked for our help.  Andrew has been organizing this donation event for many, many, years. I got to watch his personal sacrifice to help others last year.  This is a man who has a debilitating condition that is getting worse and you never ever hear him complain about anything. I have the utmost respect for him and I felt compelled to help him out.  

Learned Much For Next Year

This year, I told my broker that I would like to help out even further by helping to organize the bell ringing and take it off of his shoulders for all the locations in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.  We have 4 locations, Bashes, Safeway, Walgreens and Weber's IGA market in the Village.  I learned a lot this year.  I signed up once, but left myself free to fill in if needed. At the time, not all the slots filled up, so I thought I would be pretty busy! We do this one week a year to raise money for those in need. Fortunately for me, all the slots filled up by last Sunday.  I might add, this is a REALTOR thing. It shows the good people we have helping out our fellow neighbors.

Where Does The Money Go?

First of all, it is important to note that our operation in Sedona is 100% volunteer. Nobody gets paid and all the money collected stays directly in our hands for our distribution.

The Process ...Helping In An Emergency

After the bell ringing ended last year,  I decided to help with the distribution of the dollars to those in need.  For awhile, I was in a rotation with others who would take phone calls from people who live in Sedona or the Village who may need our assistance. Now I have the phone a lot more of the time to help others.  I have 24 hours to get back to the party who called and make contact. At that point, I hear the issue from the person and figure out the best way to help them.  We meet at my office and discuss the issues and help with some coaching. Sometimes we approve a gas card so they can get to work. Other times it may involve paying a utility bill or a grocery card.  These situations are for emergency needs only. They are not for regular assistance. A log is kept so we can keep track of where the money is going and for what reason. Individuals are also noted on this log. 

What Is In It For Me?

First of all, I don't do this for any reason other than helping people. It is the right thing to do. But there is an innate satisfaction when you help people who are in need.  Some people may be desperate. Helping an individual or family through a tough situation is rewarding. I can see the desparation and stress lift from them. Many, have run out of options and this helps to restore hope to these people. 

What is The Toughest Location To Fill?

This year I had a hard time filling the location at Walgreen's.  Why?  The front entrance faces north.  There is no sun, so standing there, you can get cold. I decided to work this location.  It has a smaller entrance and I got to see people I know.  Everyone has to go right past you.  It is amazing the support you get. The Christmas and holiday spirit was definitely with me!



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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Three cheers for you Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  this is the true meaning of the Holiday  Spirit  . Helping those in need is a wonderful thing . You are an angel

Dec 13, 2018 12:08 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

As you may remember from last year, I mentioned that The Salvation Army is my favorite charity.  I can't say enough for the work they do.

Dec 13, 2018 12:45 PM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have been big supporters of the Salvation Army for years now.  And Myrl Jeffcoat I read your post to Ron and we both were in tears, for me it was the second time...A

Dec 13, 2018 02:06 PM #3
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

This is a great cause, and yes, it is a REALTOR thing that we all did last Friday at area grocery stores.  We are still waiting for the tally to see which brokerage firm in our area brought in the most donations for our one day of bell ringing.  I’m really happy you organized this and participated!

Dec 13, 2018 06:57 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

Love the section of WITFM.  Sometimes it is just the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference in someones life that gives you all you need. 

Dec 14, 2018 02:40 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good for you, Sheri, for participating in such a wonderful cause. There is so much need out there it's really humbling when you think about it and realize how much each of us has.

Dec 14, 2018 04:58 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Next year I may have to travel to the Walgreen's in Sedona so I can drop some gifts into your bucket.  Well done, Sheri.

Dec 14, 2018 05:41 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, great job, and this is the time of year to do some volunteering.  I usually have no cash when I go into these stores, just my debit card.

Dec 14, 2018 06:06 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sheri. I love participating in something that really makes a difference.

Dec 14, 2018 06:16 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I used to do this too. I miss it, in fact. It's a great way to feel as if you're making a difference. Good for you. I too loved Myrl Jeffcoat 's story about the Salvation Army last year. It was a beautiful story that brought tears. 

Dec 14, 2018 09:56 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sheri- I think what you do is the epitome of what it means to give back to our community and to be a good person. It's easy to drop coins of dollars in a bucket (and thank goodness that people give in that manner) but to organize this effort, stand out there in the weather and take calls...well that is what the spirit of giving is about. 

Dec 14, 2018 10:26 AM #11
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheri, you are incredible for so many reasons and reading your post brought tears to my eyes. The time and help you give to others is priceless. Kathy Streib is right, it's easy to drop coins in the bucket but, to organize the effort and be prepared to step in if a slot needs filling on top of it. That's truly giving back. I know your broker must be so proud to have you in the office.

Dec 14, 2018 10:57 AM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, was at the Association this past Friday, and they had two more slots to fill in for bell ringing, so will be doing so on Wednesday! 

Dec 16, 2018 10:13 AM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Our local board does this and over the years I learned that money donations are great but personal contributions matter more.

Dec 16, 2018 12:37 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your volunteer experience. 

All of us need to support the important causes in our home communities.

Dec 16, 2018 12:48 PM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sheri - I learned so much from your post.  I certainly know the bell ringers but did not realize how the money is distributed.  You are to be commended for all of your selfless work.

Dec 17, 2018 06:46 AM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We always evaluate what charities put their dollars where they do the most good...time given selflessly knows no measure.

Dec 17, 2018 10:00 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri

What a wonderful thing to do, and the sense of gratification and kindness must be very special!


Dec 17, 2018 09:07 PM #18
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