My success is measured not only by how many homes I sell or how many records I break, but how many lives I can impact. Having the means to give back is something that I’ve always strived for and the holidays are such an important time, for me, to express my generosity to the community that I live in and love so dearly.
This time of year is magical, especially for children. The flickering lights, cookies and candy, Santa Claus, and of course—the presents! Sadly, there is a huge percentage of families in our own community that go without some, or all of those things, this time of year. Can you imagine being a child and waking up on Christmas morning to find nothing under the tree? Can you imagine being a parent who has to decide whether to put food on the table or buy presents for your kids? Can you imagine having to work two or three jobs in order to provide for your family this holiday season? These are real scenarios that families and individuals face in our community every year, which is why Lee and I shop ’til we drop every December for the kiddos! The second week of December we head to Toys R Us to purchase toys, sports equipment, bicycles and other goodies for underserved youth in Oakland. Lee and I don’t have any children but know how exciting it is to be a kid during the holidays and genuinely love this cherished tradition that we look forward to annually.
This year we were greeted at the door by local radio station KBLX. Radio personality Nikki Thomas and the KBLX crew had taken over the store for the day and were rallying folks to contribute to their toy drive which benefits thousands of children in Oakland. It made the experience even more satisfying and special. The event really kicked off Christmas for Lee and I and it will be a fond memory for years to come. You can watch our interview with Nikki Thomas here and a special delivering of the bicycles here!
With so many families in Oakland that need help this time of year, we urge you to dig a little deeper and give what you can to help make someone’s holiday special. Of course, if you don’t have the means, volunteering your time is just as important. There are so many wonderful organizations that help feed, clothe or provide other outreach services to underserved families.
On behalf of Lee and I and my team, we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”