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Feature: how we organized a huge food drive

The Signature Group is a team of real estate agents with Keller Williams Realty, passionate about connecting you to Fayetteville, North Carolina’s community and making Fort Bragg more than just a PCS.

We help buyers, sellers, and investors navigate the real estate process, and our expertise doesn’t stop there! We share our heart for our community through our blog and aim to highlight all of the positive aspects of America’s Hometown.

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This is the story of how, over the past two years we got to participate in collecting and donating almost 4,000 pounds of food to local Cumberland and Harnett County food pantries.

In December of 2018, we set out as a team to Lexington Plantation in Cameron, North Carolina to drop off brown paper bags with a flyer and a mission—to make it easy for residents to donate and to feed those in need in our community this holiday season. We told the neighborhood to fill the bags as much as they could and to put them back on their doorstep the following week. Although we only made it to a fraction of the neighborhood, we were able to gather around one thousand pounds of food that year!

Never in a million years did we imagine that we would see those kinds of results. Our hearts and minds were blown and we were completely humbled to be able to participate in such an impactful outpouring of generosity during the season of giving.

We realized afterward that we only dropped bags off to fifteen percent of the neighborhood. We knew immediately that 2019 would be different—that our goal and our dream had grown and that we would definitely need to door knock the entire subdivision.

 

Our client care department started the process early this year, to design flyers, map the neighborhood, and reach out to friends and family asking for their help. We sought out local stores for their paper bags and searched for a moving company willing to help us. Lenders, real estate agents, family, friends, and vendors stepped up to the challenge and this December we were blessed to be joined by Miracle Movers, Veterans United, other agents from Keller Williams, and our friends and family.

Over 20 of us spent roughly four hours of our December in the neighborhood. We were able to drop off 1,000 grocery bags at the doorsteps of Lexington Plantation, and when we returned a week later, we collected over 2,700 pounds of food.

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Lexington Plantation, thank you so much for your generosity. Thank you so much to Miracle Movers, Keller Williams, and every single person who stepped up to help. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Here’s to 2020 where we will collect even more food!

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