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Mason City Iowa REALTORS Are Helping Children Find Their Happy Place

By HOM Editorial Team
April 2016

My Happy Place is a community non-profit in Mason City, Iowa that is dedicated to making a difference in the day-to-day life of children who are seriously ill. They do this by creating a dream bedroom, outfitted entirely in the style of their recipient’s choosing. The room is transformed, giving sick children a beautiful and therapeutic space to live in.

The Greater Mason City Board of Realtors has been working closely with My Happy Place for the past two years, and supports the organization on many levels. Iowa REALTORS participate in hands-on renovations and the board leads fundraising efforts. The board’s staff looks for creative ways to make sure that every dollar raised counts and actively seeks grants from organizations like the REALTOR Foundation of Iowa, who matched a portion of funds raised for room makeovers.

REALTORS fundraising

REALTORS fundraising

The board shared that the charity was dear to many Iowa REALTORS who know how important it is for families to have a home that feels like a safe and special place. The REALTORS that participate in the fundraising events and room makeovers are committed to giving the children involved with My Happy Place a special and healing space of their own.

Last year the Mason City Board of REALTORS did a room transformation for a terminally ill, four year old boy named Xavier. They had tremendous support from the REALTOR community and were able to give Xavier a new room, provide the family with more than $500 in gas cards and purchase a 4-wheeler and helmet for Xavier. Many of the REALTORS felt a special bond with Xavier and were grateful they were able to give him a better quality of life before he passed away later that year.

REALTORS painting and preparing the rooms for children.

REALTORS painting and preparing the rooms for children.

This past August the board partnered with Mason City Harley Davidson to raise the funding they needed to create a happy place for Logan and Hayden Putney. Logan and Hayden are brothers who were both born with hereditary x-linked spastic paraplegia, a condition that has confined them both to wheelchairs. By working together, local REALTORS and Harley Davidson were able to provide both boys with new rooms as well as do some minor remodeling to help with mobility concerns.

The Greater Mason City Board of REALTORS is committed to building strong communities and will continue their work with My Happy Place. They also work with many other local organizations including but not limited to; the Hawkeye Food Bank, the Meals on Wheels Program, Habitat for Humanity and the Crisis Intervention Services of Northern Iowa.

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