Bringing Joy: A Brighter Christmas for Every Child

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

This is my first entry into the December Active Rain Challenge on Acts of Kindness sponsored by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and Dr. Paula McDonald

As the holiday season unfolds, I've been on a mission to make Christmas brighter for children who may not have the same festive experiences as some. It's been a heartwarming journey, and I'm excited to share the joy I've been able to spread.

This year, I've had the pleasure of contributing to four incredible organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. One such organization is The Center for Child Protection, which holds a special place in my heart as it was dear to my friend's deceased brother. Through The John Lockhart Foundation, established in his memory, they have donated money, time, and presents to ensure these children feel the warmth of the holiday season. I'm thrilled to help!

Another organization that resonates deeply with me is Austin Angels, with a mission to support children, youth, and families in the foster care community. I had the opportunity to attend two events, bringing thoughtful gifts for a particular foster child.

The experience of wrapping these gifts alongside others was not only fun but also incredibly fulfilling.

Within our office, we're actively involved in a TOYS FOR TOTS Drive, where I've contributed gifts for children in need. It's heartening to see the collective effort within the team to bring smiles to these young faces.

Additionally, I've supported a 3rd-grade Girl Scout Troop in their coat and winter coat drive for families in our RRISD. A simple act of finding coats in different sizes for children in need has made me appreciate the power of community and collaboration.

This holiday season, knowing that I've played a part in making the holidays a little brighter for many children fills me with a sense of purpose and gratitude. It's a reminder that small actions, when combined, can have a significant impact. May the spirit of giving continue to spread, and may these gestures of kindness create lasting memories for the children involved.

“Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela

 

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Comments (55)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Dec 08, 2023 11:00 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Your kindness has made others so happy you truly have the Christmas spirit. May God Bless   

Dec 08, 2023 11:14 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie all these organizations are very worthy of your support, and hope many others help to support what they do for children as well.

Dec 08, 2023 12:15 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX - You have done a lot of good over the years and you continue to support worthy causes.  The Nelson Mandela quote is perfect for this challenge.  

Dec 08, 2023 02:14 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

What an inspiring post, Dorie Dillard Austin TX ! It's great to know the organizations to donate to, especially for children, at Christmas time. 

Dec 08, 2023 04:22 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Hannah Williams ,

Its been funny donating my time, resources and myself!

Dec 08, 2023 07:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I feel there are lots of givers out there this season..if they can George Souto 

Dec 08, 2023 07:02 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ..it's one of my favorite quotes!

Dec 08, 2023 07:03 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Steffy Hristova ..There is a long list for sure!

Dec 08, 2023 07:03 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Sharing is caring and to be able to help someone during these difficult times is the most important thing we can all do.  God Bless you and yours Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

Dec 09, 2023 12:24 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love this!  Seeing happy kids is what I love seeing most in the world.  Every kid deserves the best that life has to offer!

Dec 09, 2023 05:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Debra Leisek !

Dec 09, 2023 02:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are so right Brian England !

Dec 09, 2023 02:06 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Those are wonderful causes you are supporting Dorie Dillard Austin TX and I hope those reading this see that donating TIME to help children is even better then donating money... but thank God for those who donate money as well.

Dec 09, 2023 02:21 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I, also, both directly and through my Lions Club, support a local organization that is dedicated to make sure that kids in foster homes in our county do not experience a giftless Christmas. The organization is called Adopt An Angel.

Dec 09, 2023 06:54 PM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Dorie,

Great post. You picked some great organizations to support and give the gift of your time. All kids should all be able to have a happy Christmas with gifts and a full belly. 

Thank you!

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

Thank you for sharing just how big your heart is Dorie Dillard Austin TX. You and your colleagues are angels 😇

Dec 09, 2023 08:28 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I did the Christmas angel tree at my church for two children - one family wanted clothes for their two year old boy and another little boy wanted trains - a nice wish for a 5 year old! 

Dec 10, 2023 07:52 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Giving is Receiving and you are the perfect example of that mindset, Dorie! Genuine giving  on all counts and I'm with you, it's all about our military, our children, our seniors and our fur babies during the holidays and all year long! I applaud you for all you do for others, Dorie.

Dec 10, 2023 12:59 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Dorie, Your focus on helping children is a good one, and one does not have to look far for opportunities that are fulfilling for the children who are helped but also the people who help, such as you!

Jan 04, 2024 06:00 PM