This holiday season realtors at Re/Max Twin Counties in Milford are reaching out to local businesses in an effort to create a larger partnership to help local families in need. Collecting non-perishable foods, new or gently used clothing and funds to help with heating costs, Donna Watson and her team hope to emphasize that to help less fortunate families, a community effort is needed.
After several years experiencing the national recession on a local level, the Re/Max team sought out a way to give back to their community. Small business owners themselves, the realtors felt the stress of hard economic times and saw first-hand what the crashing housing market really meant for local families.
“Not only did we experience the struggles of the economy ourselves, we also saw what that effect have on many families as our industry began to crash several years ago,” commented Watson. “We saw homes with no furniture that sold all of their possessions, no food in the cabinets and houses with no heat. We also saw many families moving in with relatives to make everything work.”
Last year, the agents at Re/Max Twin Counties partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware by collecting non-perishable foods during their annual Open House. Collecting over 700 lbs of food for donation, the company also received winter clothing that was given to help keep families warm. With temperatures reaching record lows last year, the business decided it was time to increase their efforts by creating the Heat for the Holiday program. This program, partnering with the Avenue United Methodist Perish Fund, will help families that cannot afford to heat their home during winter months. Re/Max is asking other local businesses to join their effort by donating to the Heat for the Holiday program.
“It was a brutal winter last year and we began to think about the homes we had seen that had no heat,” said Watson. “This fund helps people in the Milford community and we are asking that other businesses in the area join us by making a donation to our Heat for the Holidays program. I think we all agree that we have seen thing dramatically change since 2006 and we have a lot of people in distress. This program will help those that cannot afford to stay warm this winter.”
Re/Max Twin Counties, located at 115 North Washington Street, is currently accepting donations for their Bring Hope Home on the Holidays campaign and the Heat for the Holidays program. Participants can drop non-perishable foods, new and gently used winter clothing and monetary donations between now and December 12 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. On Friday, December 12 at 4pm Re/Max Twin Counties invites contributors of both programs to join them at their office for their annual Open House as they officially present the donations. Catering from M&E BBQ and beer and wine will be served.
“We want people to understand that we are a small business with a big heart,” said Remax realtor Jamie Watson. “This is our community and we want to give back.”
Businesses that would like to make a donation to the Heat for the Holidays program can call Jaime Watson at 302-258-6825 or Megan Mullins at 302-519-2393. Participating businesses will have their business logo displayed on marketing materials for the program and will be added to the ‘heat thermometer; displayed on the corner of N Washington Street and NE Front Street in downtown Milford.