Realtors group gives through ‘Secret Santa for Seniors’
Other fundraisers, drives held throughout the year
The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors wrapped up its year of charitable giving with the annual Secret Santa for Seniors project. Many of these seniors receive little or no visitors throughout the year.
Wish lists were obtained by members of SMAR’s community relations committee by working directly with representatives from local nursing facilities. Some items requested included CDs, books, jewelry, winter clothing and, of course, chocolate.
“The Committee delivered gifts for 187 residents at nine locations in the tri-county area,” Theresa Leonard, the 2017 chair of the community relations committee, said in a release. “The participation by generous SMAR members and friends made this possible. Thank you to everyone who helped.”
SMAR’s community relations committee also organizes other activities throughout the year, including food and coat drives (220 coats were collected this year), science fair scholarships ($750 scholarship is given to the first place winners of the science fairs in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties), essay and poster contests to promote fair housing and a “bras and drawers for the cause” fundraiser, which raised more than $9,000 to benefit A Message of Hope Cancer Fund in 2016.
They were also honored to win a Community Action and Realtor Excellence Award given by the Mar yland Association of Realtors for their members’ outstanding contributions to the community. The award came with a $9,000 prize, which was distributed among eight Southern Maryland charities.
SMAR’s Young Professionals Network donated $1,000 from event proceeds in April 2016 to Christmas in April Charles County. In addition, they organized a Realtor volunteer day through Christmas in April Charles County on April 30 to assist a senior citizen’s home in Bryans Road. They are looking to organizing a volunteer day again in 2017 through Christmas in April Charles and St. Mary’s counties.
“Not only do Realtors look out for the interest of homeowners, homeownership and private property rights, we believe in giving back where we live, work and play,” 2017 SMAR President Lisa Van Tassel said in the release. “Our members did an awesome job giving back to our communities this year.”
The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors is a trade organization dedicated to serving its members and the wider Southern Maryland community. They advocate for private property rights and ensure the high ethical and professional standards established by the National Association of Realtors are adhered to by members. The group offers its members dispute resolution, education, training, career advancement, advocacy, professional networking, and performance recognition.
For more information about the organization, go to www. somdrealtors.com.
Candide Rayle, left, Jen Anderson, Raina Rath, Terri Davis-Herbert, Terrie Leonard, Dessie Herbert, Chrisine Wathen and Lindsay Clark assist with the Southern Maryland Association of Realtors holiday giving program.