BAAR holds Secret Santa for Seniors drive
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.
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.