CENTERVILLE— The recent meeting of Davis County Real Estate Agents was different than most.
Though it included the usual information on homes available for sale, special offers and discounts, the business focus of the Nov. 30 meeting changed when $14,000 was presented to charities and committed to individuals in need.
Some of the funds are contributed throughout the year as participants each leave $2 on the table to pay for room rental and other related expenses. What was left over, plus money collected at a recent bowling tournament, is shared.
Cade Jensen represented the Make-a-Wish Foundation in accepting one of the donations.
As with others receiving the gifts, he shared information on the charity and on how the money will be used.
“Our goal this year is to fill 190 wishes in Utah,” he said. “That will be the most ever done in one year.”
Each wish costs an average of $5,000, he said, and the organization accepts donations from mileage programs as well since three of four wishes involve travel.
“Thank you from the kids,” he said. “You are undoubtedly bringing them bigger smiles.”
Kim Correa shared information on In Between, where she is executive director.
The Salt Lake charity provides a home for homeless people who are in need of hospice.
“We don’t want them to die alone and afraid,” she said. “We want everyone to be able to experience the end of life with dignity. Every little bit helps us achieve our goal.”
Lorna Koci accepted a donation for the Bountiful Community Food Pantry, where she is executive director.
Besides sharing information on the 2 million pounds of food that go out of the pantry to help those in need each year, she spoke of the Pantry Packs that helps ensure students don’t spend a weekend hungry and the dental program that, she said, changes lives even more than food does.
Those who have had proper dental care “can smile again, are employable, feel better about themselves and get rid of pain,” she said.
Money was also donated to the Coats for Kids program of the Bountiful Rotary Car show.
Dan Bradshaw told of the impact of the program they support, where families are given vouchers to purchase warm clothing for their children.
When children have new, warm coats, “their self-esteem goes up and their ability to come to school and learn improves – so much is tied to their ability to fit in at school,” he said.
Ranee Hollinger thanked the group for their donation to Ladies of Charity, which provides food to 36 families in North Salt Lake, plus refugees and the homeless in Salt Lake City.
Jenni Barber, who organized the effort, told the agents of two individuals in need of financial assistance due to medical concerns. All the members of the group voted in support of offering them $1,000 each.
“Thank you for the time and effort you have put in and for the impact that it will have,” she said.