The holiday season can come and go in a flash, with the pressure and stress of gift shopping, family obligations, and wrapping up the year. One thing that I love about my office is that we all make it a priority to come together to lift up our neighbors in need during this time of year.
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 to help 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 my 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 lift 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.
Please join me for a very special virtual live event:
AN ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR 2024 & BEYOND
with Matthew Gardner
Notable Real Estate Economist
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 • 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Presentation from 6:30-7:30 pm, Q&A to follow
Please RSVP to me via phone, text, or email by January 12th, 2024 to receive an emailed link to access the event.