It’s All About the Babies: Williamsburg REALTORS® Help The Area’s Smallest Citizens
Williamsburg REALTORS® work with local families every day and understand how much baby supplies can impact a household budget. They are also aware of the fact that not all families have the means to keep up with the added expenses babies bring. Which is why when they heard that the Williamsburg House of Mercy, a prayer-centered ministry that has evolved into a strong community support system, was in need of baby products they were quick to step up.
Because one thing that babies can’t do without is a seemingly never-ending supply of diapers, they were one of biggest needs for the House of Mercy. Diapers are expensive and are very much a luxury item for families in need. Because of this, Williamsburg REALTORS® decided to focus their efforts on a diaper drive.
The Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® Community Outreach Committee spearheaded the drive. They put the call out to their REALTOR® members in the association newsletter and invited them to bring baby items into their offices or to affiliate member locations. Volunteers then picked these up, and delivered them to the House of Mercy, where the items distributed through their food pantry and clothing distribution center.
The outreach has been a success, with many REALTORS® also volunteering to work at the House of Mercy. Since the program started, the 450-plus Williamsburg Area REALTORS® have delivered hundreds of boxes of diapers throughout the area and because of the generosity of the community, REALTORS® were also able to fulfill other items the House of Mercy needed. These included adult diapers, feminine hygiene products, and gift cards for homeless clients to purchase necessary supplies.