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A Cozy Winter! …but not for everyone

Posted by Johnine Larsen on November 17, 2015
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It’s beginning to look a lot like win-ter!

Highway Twenty closed for the year, and Mt. Baker ski area is all set to open this Thursday. The last leaves are dropping, and we’ve got a forecast full of rain and clouds. I even woke up to find frost on my windshield the other morning.

This is one of the coziest times of year for many of us, with hot chocolate, lazy Sunday mornings, and lots and lots of blankets. Family room fireplaces are sounding more and more appealing.

I love this early winter Holiday season.

But I also realize that I have it pretty good, especially compared to some. I have a home with a roof and heat. I have clothes that I can bundle into and stay warm. I have friends and family to celebrate the Holidays with, and for all of that, I am very, very grateful.

But for others, this is a hard season.

For homeless women, children, and families, the Holidays mean cold nights, rainy days, and disappointment. Forget coziness. That’s a luxury. They’re just trying to make it through another day.

That’s why the Real Estate Gals, along with the rest of Agents of Change, is doing something about that. We’re running a clothing drive for the homeless children of Mary’s Place, a Seattle homeless shelter that’s helping hundreds of families reclaim their lives. We’re collecting fancy kids clothes so everyone can enjoy this Holiday season.

Clothing Drop-Off Locations

• Homestreet Bank in Northgate (115 NE 100th Ste 110)

• Homestreet Bank in Wedgwood (8200 35th Ave NE)

• RE/MAX NW in Northgate (315 NE 95th St)

• RE/MAX NW in Kirkland (11250 Kirkland Wy Ste 101)

• RE/MAX NW in Bothell (1909 214th St SE Ste 205)

• 1st Security Mortgage Lending in Bellevue (1110 112th Ave NE #160)

• We can pick up your donations, too

We’ve gathered a great number of girls’ clothes already, and now we’re focusing our efforts on finding boys’ clothes. We need all sizes, from toddlers all the way up to 18-year-olds. New or gently used clothing is preferable.

The Real Estate Gals have it pretty good, and we see that as an opportunity to help those who don’t. We’re giving back this Holiday season, and we invite you to give back, too. You can drop off boys’ clothing at our drop-off locations, or you can give us a call at 206-949-8540 or and we’ll pick them up for you.

This isn’t just a season of coziness—it’s a season of giving. And that feels better than any number of blankets or fireplaces.


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