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December Challenge - A Work Family Basket of Kindness

Real Estate Agent with Dirt Road Real Estate SA676002000

Thanks to Dr. Paula McDonald and Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  for this month’s challenge about Acts of Kindness. The Dirt Road Real Estate brokerage has 12 real estate agents. During a recent work family zoom call, a decision was collaboratively made to participate in the Kingman Golden Valley Association of REALTORS® (KGVAR) annual Toys for Tots event. At this KGVAR event, the various brokerages get together to assemble holiday themed baskets that are auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army Toys for Tots campaign.

Somehow I was volunteered to gather the goodies and make the basket for Dirt Road Real Estate. In talking with our broker, Elise Harron , we settled on this theme:

Driving, Riding and Loving the Dirt Roads

Life Begins Where the Pavement Ends

A drive to Hobby Lobby in Bullhead City, AZ (about 40 miles away), was warranted. With a holiday discount in progress, I was able to maximize the donations by our work family team members. Additionally, a trip to the local grocery store for wine and chocolate goodies was also undertaken.

Here is what is in our work family basket of kindness.

  • Dark Horse Double Down Red Blend Wine
  • Elk Christmas Tree Ornament
  • 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream with Glass Mug
  • Stephens Milk Chocolate Gourmet Hot Chocolate
  • Holiday Mug
  • Tin Can with Hershey Dark Chocolate Kiss
  • 2 – Hershey’s Symphony Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar
  • Big & Chewy Chocolate Chip Trail Bar
  • Hershey’s Candy Cane
  • Truck and Tree Cookie Cutters
  • Santa Riding a Truck Miniature Snow Globe

If you notice, this rural theme of dirt, horses, wildlife along with dark chocolate directed the purchases.  I will be anxious to learn what our act of kindness in dollars and comments will deliver to the Kingman Golden Valley Association of REALTORS® (KGVAR) annual Toys for Tots event.

Posted by

Leanne M. Smith, MS, GRI, rCRMS

2018 KGVAR Rookie Realtor of the Year-55+
219.508.2859 MST
Life Begins Where the Pavement Ends
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Leanne... what a wonderful idea and what a wonderful selection of items for the gift basket. Is your picture of one of those gift baskets? Just beautiful.

Dec 07, 2023 05:21 AM
Leanne Smith

Good morning Nina Hollander, Broker Yes the feature photo is the basket our work family at Dirt Road Real Estate donated. The event secured over $10,000 for our local Toys for Tots campaign.

Dec 07, 2023 06:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Leanne Smith I'll say it again... beautiful! And well done... congratulations to all who participated.

Dec 07, 2023 06:47 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! Anything raised will help the Toys for Tots campaign!

Dec 07, 2023 05:26 AM
Leanne Smith

Yes this event through the auctioning of the baskets always brings in a bounty of money. This year the Association collected over $10,000.

Dec 07, 2023 06:32 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is a clever selection of items in the basket and better that the collective spirit is there to get them done. 

Dec 07, 2023 05:46 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I enjoy using a thematic approach in situations like this.

Dec 07, 2023 06:33 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good for you Leanne,

I love the basket and all the things you found to make t so special! Toys for Tots is a great organization!

Dec 07, 2023 06:07 AM
Leanne Smith

Agreed and thanks for the compliment as well.

Dec 07, 2023 06:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Leanne:  thoughtful and sweet combine in countless ways in your gift package.  

Dec 07, 2023 07:18 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you and chocolate is always a "sweet" gift.

Dec 07, 2023 07:19 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello, Leanne Smith each year the need for all kinds of "help" seems to grow.  The holiday season tends to increase the need exponentially.  

The brokerage made a wise decision to participate in the Annual Toys for Tots event. 

Just last night I saw a commercial for a Christmas Sale Event for 50% off. Way to go it is a win-win-win all the way around.  

Thank you for your first December challenge post.  We appreciate your participation. 

Dec 07, 2023 07:58 AM
Leanne Smith

And thank you for this opportunity. Another fun challenge filled with heart.

Dec 07, 2023 09:20 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You have definitely topped me Leanne Smith. My gift is always different 🙂 

Dec 07, 2023 12:59 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank you. Each year the baskets at this event become more and more creative.

Dec 08, 2023 05:04 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You did a great job with that basket, it looks really nice!  What a wonderful thing to do, I am all for anything that benefits children!

Dec 08, 2023 03:45 AM
Leanne Smith

Thank you and I was very pleased with the end result.

Dec 08, 2023 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Realtor actions like this were my favorite Realtor events Leanne Smith . Our local association also went all out with their Christmas party for the same reason your did/does.

Dec 09, 2023 04:00 PM
Leanne Smith

My sense is real estate agents and REALTORS are generous with their time and their investment in their communities.

Dec 10, 2023 09:04 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What a lovely and desirable gift you have put together. I am confident it will bring generous bids with the proceeds going to a wonderful charity.

Dec 09, 2023 05:31 PM
Leanne Smith

My understanding it did bring generous bids. The event raised around $10,000 for Toys for Tots.

Dec 10, 2023 09:03 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

I did not realize Hobby Lobby sold libations Leanne Smith 😁  Your basket is so enticing and I do so love your byline.  Merry Christmas.

Dec 10, 2023 09:01 AM
Leanne Smith

No Hobby Lobby does not sell libations. Those along with the chocolate came from grocery store close by.

Dec 10, 2023 09:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, you know I love "Life begins where the pavement ends!" Who wouldn't love to pursue a place with Dirt Road Real Estate, Leanne! And, they certainly chose the perfect person to manage that gorgeous basket. I love every item you selected and your basket is simply beautiful! Great job and congrats on a wildly successful event for the children. I love your team's holiday spirit!

Dec 10, 2023 07:19 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank you for the very kind words.  My understanding is the basket did raise a tidy sum. Overall this event raised $10,000 for Toys for Tots.

Dec 11, 2023 10:54 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

You did a great job with that basket Leanne.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Dec 16, 2023 04:17 PM
Leanne Smith

Thank you and I believe we did indeed provide an exceptional basket.

Dec 20, 2023 05:53 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Leanne,
I love the theme and the awesome selection of items. Toys for Tots is always a favorite charity during the holidays.

Dec 20, 2023 05:49 AM
Leanne Smith

As the Dirt Road Real Estate brokerage is a small firm that built its reputation on serving rural areas,  we selected a theme to reflect the firm. Thank you.

Dec 20, 2023 05:52 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Leanne, Funny how you were "somehow volunteered" to gather everything.  Glad you were chosen since your offerings were just right to help raise the money it did!!

Dec 21, 2023 10:37 AM
Leanne Smith

Part of that volunteering is most of our work family agents are 40+ miles out of town and I am about 10. Thank you for your kind words about the offerings. Much appreciated.

Dec 24, 2023 08:29 AM