Monthly Newletter December 28, 2023

Monthly Newsletter – 12/28/2023

The holiday season came and went in a flash with so much going on.  As I reflect on the joys that the holiday season brings, one thing that I love is that our office makes it a priority to come together as a team to lift up our neighbors in need.  Our collective gratitude runs deep and spreading some love and support within our community is the best way we can celebrate everything we are thankful for. This year our holiday food drive brought in $3,115 and 1,787 pounds of food for Volunteers of America Western Washington food banks, just in time for the holidays. The current need in our area is high, and our local food banks need all the help they can get. These numbers are all thanks to friends and clients like you. Thank you for your generosity! Next, we had the absolute joy of helping bring some Christmas magic to homeless/housing-insecure youth in our area. We partnered again this year with WA Kids in Transition, who work with social workers in the Edmonds School District to collect wish lists from students living in shelters, tents, cars, transitional housing, or other temporary housing. Together, the brokers in our office provided gifts and hygiene items for 28 kids. Then we provided $3,700 in grocery gift cards for 13 families, comprised of 60 individuals. Some of these families are unemployed or living in transitional housing, some are walking through grief and loss, and some are coming out of domestic violence. It is our privilege to partner with Pioneer Human Services, to help relieve some of the burdens for these families. Next, we always put together a volunteer group at Christmas House in Everett. Christmas House is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization that provides an opportunity for qualifying, low-income, Snohomish County parents to select free holiday gifts for their children age infant-18. This is an amazing day helping families in need have a joyful Christmas. You can access any of the links above to learn more about these organizations or to donate yourself.  As we head into 2024, our commitment to giving back to the community that we serve will remain a cornerstone of our business.  Here’s to a happy, healthy, and heartwarming 2024 and beyond.

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