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Century 21 Advantage Gives Back for the Holidays

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Giving Is Better Than Receiving

 

Century 21 Advantage Office Adopts Local Family for the Holidays 

 


This holiday season, the office of Century 21 Advantage donated time, money, and gifts to a needy family for Christmas.  This time of year tends to make us all feel grateful for the people, things, and circumstances in our lives, but it’s often easy to get caught up in that and forget that there are many others out there who aren’t having the same holiday experience.  When a mother struggles to pay her bills to keep a roof over her children’s heads, it’s difficult for her to give them the Christmas she feels they deserve. 

 

Partnering with a variety of local organizations and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the United Way compiles a list every year that details the “Neediest Cases” around the St. Louis metro area, on both sides of the river.  It was through this program that the office of Century 21 Advantage learned about a local single mother who was struggling to financially provide for her family of five children, despite working three jobs.  The office decided to adopt this large case, because Century 21 is a fairly large office, and it resonated with all involved that the kids were facing the prospect of having no gifts on Christmas morning.  So, the office got into contact with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois, the organization that was handling the family’s case, and began collecting donations.  The office is proud to announce that they were able to raise enough money to get all the kids a variety of gifts, a stocking filled with goodies and toys, a TV, a laptop (so the kids could do homework), and one of our office mates even donated their WII and a variety of games.  There was even enough left over to give the family in hopes that it could put a dent in their debt and perhaps stop the eviction in progress. 

 

These events that encourage us at the office to give back are so important, because it is so easy to get caught up in our own busy lives and forget about all the people in our own community that are struggling.  It is not only humbling and inspiring to participate in programs like these, it’s also so important that we support our neighbors, because that’s what being a member of a community is all about.  The office of Century 21 Advantage is so happy to get the privilege of helping others, especially during the holiday season, to keep us grounded and involved.  We all feel very lucky to be able to give back to others, because that means that we have a lot to be thankful for in our own lives.

 

We’d like to thank all of the agents in our office who participated in this program, as well as the family and friends that also donated money and goods to help this family have a wonderful Christmas.  Also, we’d like to thank The United Way, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois (in particular, Nancy Rivera, who was our contact through the adoption process and was beyond helpful), and the Century 21 Advantage office that allows us to put working hours into events and programs like this.

 

If you would like to learn more about the 100 Neediest Cases program, click here

If you would like to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters & what you can do to help, click here.

 

We Volunteered at Rosati Center

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

The Linda Frierdich Group Gives Back

Painting Units at Rosati Apartments for Semi-Independent Adults

 


 

Last week, members of The Linda Frierdich Group of Century 21 Advantage, out of Columbia, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri volunteered time and labor at an apartment complex for semi-independent adults.  Referred to this organization through St. Patrick Center, one of Missouri’s largest providers of housing, employment, and health opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the Group found time to donate for a few hours.  St. Patrick Center, through all their work, assist more than 5,700 people each year.  Their work is admirable to say the least, and that’s what inspired The Linda Frierdich Group to volunteer through that organization.  Thanksgiving was the perfect holiday to donate; while spending a significant amount of time being thankful for what we have, we also should be realizing that not everyone is quite as lucky. 


So, the Monday before Thanksgiving, our Group headed down to the Rosati Apartments, where semi-independent adults are given the means to have their own apartments with all the amenities they desire, while still maintaining supervision and assistance that’s just a few steps away.  The mission of the program is to provide a therapeutic environment and stability to homeless adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  The organization provides techniques such as counseling, education, training, and medication compliance as the vehicles to rehabilitation.  Our project for the day was to completely paint two apartments in the complex, so that the residents there might have a freshened space to live in.   We arrived and split into two groups, so that we could get both rooms done in the amount of time we had available.  Contributing time to such a worthy organization left us all feeling grateful and self-reflective.  For all of us, it was a great way to start the Thanksgiving week.


The Linda Frierdich Group strives to help others often, because the feeling of brother and sisterhood are what make a community strong and vibrant.  If you are interested in learning more about what St. Patrick Center does and how you can help, as well, click here.  To learn more about the great things Rosati Apartments does, click here.  It’s always important to be thinking of ways to help others, especially during the holiday season.  To read about small ways that you can “give gratitude,” click here and be taken to a blog post that was written prior to Thanksgiving but still rings true for the holiday season, and all times of the year, really.


8 Ways to Give Gratitude this Thanksgiving

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage

 

Ways to Give Gratitude this Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is our next up-and-coming holiday, so it’s time we started thinking about ways that we can show our gratitude to others this year.  After all, it’s called Thanksgiving for a reason.

 


Thank You Cards

Sending thank you cards is arguably a dying art.  It’s one, however, that we should desperately be trying to save.  A handwritten thank you note can be such a wonderful thing to receive, especially when it comes from an unexpected source.  Consider these thank you card ideas for this Thanksgiving season:

Make a list of people who deserve thanks.  Look for these folks in the monotony of everyday life.  The mail carrier who delivers your mail no matter the weather, your trash service men, a family member or friend who often shows you kindness.  Whoever they are, write a thank you note to them.  It will mean more than you can even realize.  If you have children, get them involved in this activity as well.  Prompt them with some suggestions of who you chose to send thank you notes to; this should get them thinking about those in their lives who may usually be overlooked.

In addition to personal thank you notes, consider coming up with a generic thank you note to keep in your wallet or purse to hand out to anyone who shows you or someone else kindness, consideration, or helpfulness.  When the retail worker is especially friendly to you, hand them a note before you leave the store.  If you see someone doing something kind for someone else, hand them one.  Not only are you showing your own gratitude for those who show kindness, but you are encouraging further acts of kindness.  You can even include this on your card: “Please pass this on to someone you see showing kindness during this season!”

 

Those Who Serve

The first responders in your community work crazy hours, sacrifice time with their families, and put others before themselves.  If anyone deserves a “Thank you,” it’s them.  To thank your first responders, consider dropping off a baked good to their office while on your way to your own Thanksgiving celebrations.  Baked goods are a wonderful treat to give; they cost very little to make and are handmade, making them delightfully personal gifts.  First responders, like many others, are working on a holiday reserved for family and friends, and they have committed to this career because of their devotion to their community.  Send a small “Thank You” their way!

So many men and women serving in our Armed Forces spend the holidays away from home, missing precious time with friends and family, and often enduring loneliness and many other issues relating to their service.  There are also so many veterans who have returned home to fall on hard times and are currently fighting their own battles, often related to their service.  What better way to give back this season than sending something their way to let them know that they are appreciated and cared about.  Click here to find a link to Operation Gratitude, an organization that works for both active and inactive military members.  The name couldn't be more fitting, am I right?

 

Teachers: Get the Kids Involved!

It’s no secret that teachers are not compensated properly for the work they do for the future of our country: the education of our children.  It’s traditional to give your child’s teacher a gift around Christmas time, but consider doing an additional gift on the holiday reserved for gratitude.  For this one, however, mix it up!  It’s great for a parent to pick out something special for a teacher on Christmas, but for a teacher, have the child in your life come up with the idea of how to show their teacher that he or she is appreciated.  This gift does not have to be anything big or expensive.  Even giving your child 5 dollars at the dollar store and helping them choose the gift for their teacher would be suitable! For a little extra “thanks,” have your child write a thank you note on one side of a card’s interior, and write your own note on the opposite side.  It’s important for our teachers to know that we are grateful for their hard work!

 

Give your Time

Whatever your circumstances, there is something you can do to help spread gratitude this season.  Find a local organization that runs on volunteer work, and offer your time to them as a way to help.  Giving your time costs you absolutely nothing, but can do a world of good for an organization working to help others.  Your local food bank, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or animal shelter are all great organizations that you could choose to volunteer at!

 

Make a Little Extra

During this season, consider occasionally making a little extra when you’re fixing tea, coffee, cookies, or dinner.  Invite over an elderly neighbor or lonely friend, or bring it to them.  Enjoy a little bit of it with them, even if it’s only for fifteen minutes, it can make a world of difference to someone who is facing loneliness at a time reserved for loving those closest to us.  Once again, it costs you very little, but it could make a world of difference for someone who may be struggling more than you know.

 

Donation in Lieu of Host Gift

Before you head to your own Thanksgiving celebration this year, you may be thinking about what gift to give to your host or hostess as a thank you for putting on the dinner.  Consider giving a donation to a charity you know that they support in their name & giving them a receipt or note with it, explaining the gift.  If your host is an animal lover, consider donating to your local no-kill shelter; if they are passionate about the outdoors, consider giving to the National Park Service.  Chances are, they will cherish this gift much more than the bottle of wine you would’ve brought instead, no matter how much they love wine.  ;)

 

Make Care Packages for the Homeless

Although the homeless are in need all year ‘round, it is often even more difficult during the winter, for a number of reasons, from loneliness to the bitter cold.  Consider making up small boxes or bags with necessities inside and carrying them in your car to hand out when passing a homeless person by a store or in the street.  Many necessities can be purchased at the dollar store for a very little total, but they could make a world of difference to someone encountering the struggles of homelessness and poverty.  Some things to include in your packages are:

-Hat -Gloves -Socks -Toothbrush -Toothpaste -Bottled Water -Soap/Shampoo Combo -Deodorant -Comb -Tissues -Toilet Paper

 

Give Kindness

The last thing you can do for others during this Thanksgiving season is the easiest, least expensive, and arguably, the most important.  Work hard to be kind and considerate of others during this time.  The holidays can be immensely stressful; the stores get busier, people are stressed out, and there is so much to be done within the next month or so.  However, putting the effort in to keep your frustrations at bay, being understanding of others (even if you may want to be upset), and conducting small acts of kindness all can make a huge difference to the way others feel this holiday season.  You never know what another person is dealing with in their own life, so try to combat rudeness with a politeness, fight impatience with patience of your own, and give a smile when someone else gives you a frown.  Hold the door open for others, compliment the woman whose scarf you adore, and ask the retail worker what their holiday plans are.  A little extra kindness can make a world of difference.  It will make you feel better, and, chances are, it will make another person reconsider their mood. 

 

All in all, this season is about so much more than shopping, turkey, and pies.  Help yourself and others get into the true spirit of the season by giving back to your community in whatever way you can, even if it’s just the flash of a smile to a stranger.  Spread gratitude this season!


Songs4Soldiers Coming Up Next Month!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

4th Annual Songs4Soldiers Gears Up for Another Successful Year


Coming up on September 10, Columbia will again be hosting the Songs4Soldiers Benefit Concert after much anticipation.  For those of you unfamiliar with the event, Songs4Soldiers is a benefit concert founded by Dustin Row (brother of our very own Sam Row!), an Iraq War veteran himself, with a mission of helping local combat veterans.  Since it was founded, the organization has dispersed $128,000 and helped 76 local veterans in need!  Rather than handing out cash, the organization works hard to ensure that the money donated goes directly to the needs of veterans, and it operates under complete transparency, meaning that those who donate can watch to see exactly how their donations helped those who have served our country.  




The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group is an avid supporter of Songs4Soldiers.  For the 2016 year, we donated the use of our billboard, so that the organization could make more people aware of the event through advertising.  We are also immensely proud of the money we raised for S4S in February, through our "Lock Box Linda" event.  Our Team tended bar at three local establishments, donating all tips to S4S.  With much gratitude to Tiny's, Who Dat's, and Merz on Main for allowing us to get behind their bars, as well as to the community for coming out to support this wonderful organization, we are proud to say that we were able to write a check to Songs4Soldiers for $4,000!


Songs4Soldiers is an event for everyone!  The event is family-friendly, featuring a "Kids Zone," complete with bounce houses, balloons, and interactive projects.  Since Songs4Soldiers features food and drink vendors from local bars and restaurants, your family can attend and feel good about supporting local businesses while you help local veterans.  It truly is a wonderful organization and an exciting event!  To learn more, you can visit songs4soldiersstl.org, or you can attend and see it for yourself!

 

4th Annual Songs4Soldiers Benefit Concert

September 10, 2016

2:00-11:00 PM

Bolm-Schuhkraft City Park, Columbia, Illinois

(Rain Date: September 11, 1:00-9:00 PM)


We are proud to have this event so closely tied to our community, and as a donor, The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group looks forward to seeing an even bigger turn-out this year than last!  We'll see you at the park!

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