BAAR holds Se­cret Santa for Se­niors drive

Record Observer - - Senior Satellite - By JOSHUA FREE­MAN jfree­man@ches­pub.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Re­al­tors and other com­mu­nity vol­un­teers came to­gether for the con­clu­sion of a com­mu­nity drive at the Bay Area As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors on July 11 to reach out to se­nior ci­ti­zens across the county.

Dubbed Se­cret Santa for Se­niors, the mis­sion of the drive was to sup­ply se­nior ci­ti­zens with sup­plies that they need to get through the ex­tremely hot sum­mer with­out hav­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the heat. Peo­ple were asked to do­nate house­hold items such as pa­per tow­els, dish soap, bat­ter­ies, de­odor­ant, non-per­ish­able food items and other goods.

Bags were made by BAAR mem­bers along with af­fil­i­ates and vol­un­teers from the area with a goal of 80 to 100 bags to be dis­trib­uted. Once the bags were made, they would be sent to the De­part­ments of Ag­ing in Queen Anne’s and Kent coun­ties to be passed out.

“Every­body is al­ways giv­ing to dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions all through the Christ­mas time, but se­niors tend to be for­got­ten,” said Eva Stoops, vice pres­i­dent of the Ch­e­sa­peake En­vi­ron­men­tal Lab and af­fil­i­ate mem­ber of the Bay Area As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors. “So, we had this idea of giv­ing back to our se­niors, but do­ing it in the off sea­son so it will be an ex­tra sur­prise.”

Dona­tions were asked to be dropped off at the Bay Area As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors of­fice by June 22 in or­der to or­ga­nize and as­sem­ble as many vol­un­teers as pos­si­ble.

“There are many se­niors that are in need, and they don’t have that sup­port,” said Re­max ex­ec­u­tive Terri Mur­ray, “so we came up with Christ­mas in July.”

“We’re all part of a com­mu­nity and we are here to help every­body in the com­mu­nity,” said vol­un­teer Ed Bears.

Stoops said the as­so­ci­a­tion al­ready has plans for fu­ture ini­tia­tives in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity.

“We can’t wait un­til next year be­cause we al­ready have ideas that we are look­ing for­ward to do­ing,” she said.

Items were do­nated and col­lected to help se­nior ci­ti­zens across the county get through the sum­mer.

PHO­TOS BY JOSHUA FREE­MAN

Eva Stoops, Ed Bears and Re­nee Carter from QAC-TV help sort items for se­niors at the Bay Area As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­al­tors of­fice July 11.

The goal was to have any­where from 80 to 100 bags for se­niors in Kent and Queen Anne’s County.

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