Challenge to "Give Back" to Your Community

By
Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings, and November has become a time to "give back" to show appreciation and gratefulness to family, friends, and clients. The last Tuesday in November is designated Giving Tuesday, which is a global movement to show generosity to those around us.

Typically speaking, our real estate business slows down in the fall and we have more time to devote to our favorite charities. There are plenty to choose from! So I challenge you to look around your community, see who you can reach out to, and give someone a blessing today. Don't wait for a designated date to share the love.

A group from my office recently visited two local fire departments. We carried homemade Jambalaya and in return, were given a tour of the newest Flowood Fire Department. It was impressive! At another station, we ran into the son of a Realtor from a competing brokerage. What fun we had getting him to pose for a photo! His mom loved it so much, she shared it on Facebook!

Front Gate Realty with Fire DepartmentFlowood Fire Dept with Front Gate Realty

We delivered pizzas to One Hope, a community based service provider for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The staff and attendees were very appreciative.

One Hope with Front Gate RealtyArtwork donated to service organizations

An artist friend donated dozens of custom paintings that will go to an assisted living home and One Hope for Christmas. We had a gift wrapping party Saturday afternoon. Pictured above is a photo of Glenda with her art. She is a senior citizen who is self-taught and talented. 

There are many ways we can give back to bring joy to others. Don't forget our four-legged friends. Some people foster these abandoned animals until they are ready to be re-homed. Others can donate time, money, or supplies to support a shelter.

We all have talents; let's use them to spread the love this holiday season. What are some of the things you have done to help others? There are many things I haven't done but perhaps you have, like volunteering at the local hospital or taking flowers to those who are sick. Let me know; I'd love to hear from you.

Don't wait for a date on the calendar. Do it now!

Comments (11)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - joy, like kindness, can be shared.  And it often seems to expand in the process.  

Nov 08, 2021 09:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Pat... do it now! And don't just wait for November to do it! Do it in December, in January, February... well, you get the picture!

Nov 08, 2021 11:23 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat those are all great ways to give back to our communities, and make a difference.

Nov 08, 2021 03:06 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There are so many people all over still having a hard time and sometimes a simple act will be a joy and be much appreciated

Nov 08, 2021 04:47 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

We have not been hit as hard in North Idaho as much as the country has.  It is easy to start thinking everyone has been as fortunate.  Thank you for the reminder that is just not the case.  Mark

Nov 08, 2021 04:51 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Our first responders really appreciate the visits. They don't turn down food! We also visited an adult developmentally challenged day care; I'm sure you can find them in every community. And of course, my favorite place to visit is the Assisted Living facilities. I love visiting my seniors!


 

Nov 09, 2021 05:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Pat- I love what you and your group are doing!!! It's so important to give back, and not just in November....just as Nina Hollander, Broker said. 

Nov 08, 2021 05:29 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Pat - we all have something to give whether it is time, talent, or treasure.

Nov 08, 2021 06:33 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Grant Schneider Absolutely! We can all do what's in our heart, and if we think we aren't talented or creative, there is always something to give.

Nov 09, 2021 05:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like how you pointed out the many ways folks found a way to give the gift of talent, time and money, Pat.

Nov 08, 2021 10:04 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful that people are giving back. This is something that should be done all year!

Nov 09, 2021 05:39 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty , there are so many ways to give and we can each do something to make a difference that doesn't cost a dime. 

Nov 09, 2021 01:01 PM
Aura Alex
Co-Founder, CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Transaction Management Services

Hello, Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty; thank you for the reminder.  I am on call all year round as a volunteer respite caregiver for home hospice (end-of-life) care. I live in a senior community, and there is so much need for our seniors.  The work is challenging but rewarding.  It's a way of "paying forward," and it makes me sleep well at night! Thank you for allowing me to share. 😍

Nov 10, 2021 08:12 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

You're welcome! I volunteer for the active seniors. How touching that you volunteer for hospice. Yes, there is always something we can do, from donating vases, flowers, time, cards, and ourselves.

Nov 13, 2021 05:10 PM