KITCHENER – WATERLOO (December 18, 2018) – REALTORS® and their families have spread holiday cheer and donated hundreds of new, unwrapped toys to the Tree of Angels toy drive. Toys were collected through KWAR’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party on December 7th and Annual REALTOR® Toy campaign that concluded yesterday December 17th.
The Children’s Christmas Party held at the Victoria Park Pavilion has been a staple event for REALTORS® and their little ones for many years. Santa visited over 75 good boys and girls this year, listening to their Christmas wishes and smiling for photos. Along with Santa, the children enjoyed face painting, games, balloon twisting and musical entertainment. Admission to the annual event was a new unwrapped gift, in which families brought hundreds for other children in our community to enjoy during the holiday season.
From December 3rd – 17th REALTORS® were also collecting toys at participating real estate brokerages and could also bring them directly to KWAR’s headquarters where they were being gathered for pick up by the Salvation Army’s Tree of Angels volunteers. Large boxes generously donated by KWAR sponsor AMJ Campbell were delivered to participating offices and decorated and filled with donations over the drive duration.
Yesterday, KWAR Directors and REALTORS® Tony Schmidt (immediate past president) along with Colleen Koehler (1st Vice President) took time out of their busy schedules to visit each office and collect the boxes of toys.
“Our REALTORS® are very much part of the communities in which they live and work”, said Brian Santos, President of KWAR. “Especially during the holiday season, giving back is an important part of building better communities and improving the Quality of Life in Waterloo Region”.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® are involved in numerous charitable activities and the annual toy drive is just one way the members of the KWAR are working to improve the Quality of Life in our community.