“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”― Maya Angelou
We love the communities we we live and work in!
We are grateful to be involved in charity fundraising and community events throughout the year, and there's something extra special about the holiday season. We could not be more proud of our generous team, and the communities we live in. It is a true privilege to be able to give back. We wanted to share a few highlights of the events and fundraisers we've had the pleasure to participate in!
HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS: CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF GIVING
The shoebox project's mission is to give gifts of love to thousands of Ottawa women in crisis. "One of the most important outcomes of The Shoebox Project for Women is reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness faced by women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness during the holiday season. A small gesture like making and donating a gift in the form of a Shoebox is a way for you to help make a loving difference in the lives of these women." With our work in raising funds and awareness through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation we are well aware of the large number of women in need, the Shoebox project is an amazing project, we are happy to see the outpouring of support and donations from our staff, management and sales team.
Pictured, Royal LePage representatives at last year's BBQ. Photo by: Jennifer Westendorp, mykemptvillenow.com staff
There are a lot of families who rely on the Salvation Army at this time of year. Each year Royal LePage sponsors the BBQ, in partnership with the fire department and OPP. The BBQ is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army. Toys, non-perishable food items and monetary donations are also collected – the amazing community of North Grenville come together to ensure everyone has a wonderful Christmas.
The Snowsuit Fund gives thousands of snowsuits to children in need across the Ottawa Area. Like many local businesses, every year many of our Royal LePage Team members volunteer their time to sort and distributing snowsuits at the Depot.
Starting in 2017, after a conversation with someone in need., Peggy Blair or Royal LePage Team Realty decided to start up a sock collection. Several of our Royal LePage Team Realty branches have donation bins. The sock drive collects new socks the folks in Ottawa who most need them – homeless people and those in rooming houses and shelters or on social assistance who simply can’t afford them. Just before Christmas all socks are donated to the Parkdale Food Centre's Soup and Socks program, the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Ottawa Mission.
Our office at 484 Hazeldean Road is also participating in the 12 days of Christmas in addition to Toy Mountain. Staff and Agents donate and collect Food Donations. All donations are given to the Kanata Food Cupboard.
Every year, Toy Mountain collects new, unwrapped toys for children in need over the holiday season. Royal LePage Team Realty offices throughout the Ottawa area are collecting donations as at work Santas. There are also several toy drop-off locations across the city. Toy Mountain will be collecting toys right up until Dec. 24. Royal LePage Team Realty offices will be collecting donations until December 20th.
Mountain of Toys is North Grenville's version of Toy Mountain, it's a toy drive for the Kinsmen Club of Kemptville for over 20 years. The toys are given to the Salvation Army and the North Grenville Community Service Council – both groups that do Christmas hampers for families in need in North Grenville. Toys are collected at local events, with the kick off in November at the Kemptville 73’s Junior A hockey game, the Kemptville Christmas parade, . This year the generous people in the community have donated over 200 toys so far. Drop off your toy before December 13th at Royal LePage Kemptville branch on Collonade Drive.
Thank you to everyone who has helped make this season merry and bright! Wishing you and your loved ones all the best as we head into 2020!
Do you have a favourite charity or holiday event? Let us know!