As part of the Texas REALTORS® 100th anniversary celebration, the association is shining the spotlight on REALTORS® who lead by example—now more than ever. Below are stories of members across Texas helping their communities.
Missy Barry, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas, Frisco
In April, Missy Barry and her team coordinated a live, virtual concert with a local band in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to support North Texas and San Antonio area food banks. The effort raised enough funds to serve 17,000 meals to families in need. See the event on Facebook.
David Cruz, Haven Realty, San Antonio
In addition to donating food to the San Antonio Food Bank, David Cruz volunteers at the food bank’s mobile food distribution centers and delivers groceries to neighbors and family elders who are staying home to be safe. He says, “It’s a difficult time, but we will get through this.”
Jami Mumley, North Texas Top Team REALTORS®, Plano
Jami Mumley encourages others to donate to the Feed Lake Highlands initiative and regularly helps sort and distribute food. See an example on Facebook.
Odessa Board of REALTORS®
REALTORS® in Odessa came together to make protective face masks for local first responders. See the story on Facebook.
Leonard Seiple, Dallas Business Realty, Dallas
Leonard Seiple didn’t realize that in January he’d had COVID-19 until he later tested positive for its antibodies. He was then given the opportunity to donate plasma, which was used to to help a critically ill man recover from COVID-19. Read the full story from the Dallas Morning News.
Kayanne Thiemer Crain, Bill Bell Realty, Bay City
Kayanne Crain is part of the Matagorda County Love Thy Neighbor group, which consists of more than 30 women who sew and distribute masks to those in need. To date, this community group has distributed more than 4,000 masks and continues to receive orders daily. See the group’s Facebook page.
Debbie Vallone-Homeier, Vallone Real Estate II, Blanco
Debbie Vallone-Homeier is supporting her community by celebrating unsung heroes while helping out local businesses. She surprised a former client, who is known to rescue animals and cares for her elderly father, with dinner and flowers. She received an unexpected reward in a heartfelt video: “My heart was full,” she said.