Giving Back to The Salvation Army Toy Drive 2009

Once again this year, the CENTURY 21 United Realty team did our part to help those less fortunate in our community. For the last 23 years, we've reached out to help those supported through the Salvation Army in Peterborough and surrounding areas over the Christmas holidays.

Our brokerage raised just shy of $10,000 this year -  $9,762 to be precise.

(Shown here is broker/owner Carl Oake and myself and some of the hundreds of toys at our office.)

We have continued to extend a hand and ask others in our community to participate and give back by donating an new unwrapped toy/book/gift to someone in need for Christmas.

Over the last three months, our sales representatives and administration staff have come up with new ways to raise money within our office: Raffles, pot lucks, cook-offs, bake sales, and coffee mornings. Several people from within our office have donated their time and money to help local families in need and ensure they would have something to look forward to Christmas morning.

We contacted local business in and around Peterborough requesting corporate donations, which represented $4,000 of the monies raised this year.

Online Auction Brings in More than $4,000

This year, we also put together an online auction, again supported by local business owners in and around Peterborough. We had more than 56 donated items, gift certificates, and services that were auctioned off over three weeks. We received support from the two local newspapers - Peterbrorough This Week, and the Peterborough Examiner - and CKPT radio stations Country 105 and Energy 99.7. This year the online auction brought in just under $4,300 to buy Christmas gifts for families in need.

We shopped for the toys/gifts with the money we raised, then filled the lobby, halls , stairs of our office with the purchases. This past Saturday, more than 30 sales representatives, administration staff, family and friends bagged all of the toys and delivered them to our new and improved mall Landsdowne Place for the miracle broadcast.

Crystal Edwards is a sales representative with Century 21 United Realty in Peterborough, Ontario.

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