Could You Lift A Couple of Hippos?

Male Hippo Female Hippo

The average female hippo weighs about 3,000 pounds. And the average male hippo weighs about 3,500 pounds. Do you think you could lift them?

I know I couldn’t. At least not by myself. But teamwork makes the dreamwork.

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Earlier this month our KW McLean/Great Falls office celebrated RED DAY – a day where we totally step away from our computers, lap tops & apps – to give back to our local community. This year, as in years past, we collected urgently needed items to restock SHARE of McLean‘s food pantry. (Now, I can’t lie – we may have been negotiating a few contracts in between collecting for SHARE. But shhh – don’t tell!)

Thanks to all of YOU who helped us. The McLean and Great falls community stepped up as usual and we are deeply grateful. My favorite donor was a guy who walked in with earphones on. He took our flyer & didn’t respond when we spoke to him, so we figured he didn’t hear us or wasn’t interested. Out he came a few minutes later and plopped down diapers in our basket. Turns out he was the Giant Food Peapod driver stocking up for deliveries. What a nice guy!

I am proud to say we collected even more food, diapers & paper products than last year. In fact – we collected 6,564 POUNDS worth – plus $1,137 in cash & gift cards! And it took a whole team of committed KW McLean agents, led by the most awesome Diane Miller, to lift the equivalent of a male and female hippo!

Giving is at the heart of our business. It’s why The Belt Team’s mission statement is “Changing Lives For The Better“. We do more than sell real estate. If you would like to help change lives too, we’d love to invite you to our Annual Keller Williams Charity Golf Tournament, Dinner & Auction. The charities that will benefit this year are “Our Military Kids” and “Semper Fi Fund“. You can help by golfing, shopping, sponsoring & more. Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for details!

KW McLean Charity Golf Tournament 2015

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A Day Without . . . . .

Imagine a day without coffee . . .

A Day Without Coffee

Ok – maybe that’s not too hard.

But what about a day without coffee, diapers, toothpaste, soap, sugar, laundry detergent, toilet paper and a host of other “basics”?!

Please join The Belt Team and Keller Williams McLean on Thursday as we celebrate KELLER WILLIAMS RED DAY by collecting food & toiletries to replenish the shelves at SHARE of McLean.

McLean Community Service

RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is a worldwide Keller Williams Realty service initiative. Thousands of Keller Williams Realtors and staff members will be donating their time, talent & treasure on May 14th in an effort to help our local communities. You see, at Keller Williams, it’s our motto to “give where we live.” And at The Belt Team – our Mission Statement is “Changing Lives for the Better” – and that doesn’t just apply to real estate!

Tom Francis & Christy Belt Grossman McLean Community Service

Our local McLean office will participate in a drive to benefit SHARE of McLean. SHARE was established in 1969 by a coalition of religious and civic institutions to meet the emergency needs of the less fortunate in McLean, Great Falls, Pimmit Hills and surrounding areas. . And yes – they DO exist in our area. Many of them work 2, 3 & more jobs to survive – jobs that often serve the more affluent residents in our area. Share also serves a large number of seniors who just can’t meet their own needs. Last year they served over 2,500 families (more than 7,500 people).

Share is sustained by donations of food, clothing, furniture and funds, and is administered by ALL volunteers. Agents from our McLean/Great Falls Keller Williams office (including members of The Belt Team) will be outside the McLean Giant. We will be collecting groceries and donations on behalf of SHARE. Look for our tent!

Red Day Keller Williams Realty McLean

Thanks in advance for your support!

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31 Baby Elephants!

Wet African Elephant

How much do 31 Baby Elephants weigh?

(And what does that have to do with real estate?!)

Well, our Keller Williams Realty McLean/Great Falls office recently celebrated RED Day. It’s a day where we put away our cell phones & laptops, step out of our cars and away from our desks – and we contribute to our communities. RED stands for “Renew, Energize, Donate”. We give where we live.

Red Day 2014 KW Mclean Great Falls

As we have for a number of years, we set up camp at the Giant Food store in McLean and the Safeway in Great Falls; and spent the day collecting cash, gift cards & desperately needed items (like diapers, food & paper products) for SHARE of McLean. SHARE ministers to the working poor, to families & to the elderly – all of whom are local.

Red Day KW McLean Great Falls 2014   Red Day Keller Williams Realty McLean

Well – the numbers are in. We collected 6,210 pounds of food, diapers & paper products (plus $1,657 in cash & gift cards). That weighs as much as 31 baby elephants at birth!

A big THANK YOU to all of our clients, customers, friends, family & fellow community members for your generosity. YOU opened your hearts and our community is a better place because of people like you!

(PS – Stay tuned! If you’re a golfer, spa goer or would like to be a sponsor for our KW Charity Gold Tournament to raise money for Stop Soldier Suicide, email The Belt Team!)

Who Needs The Postal Service?

“Who needs the postal service?” (OK – that’s another whole blog post – isn’t it?!)

But seriously, when you need something delivered, call on Keller Williams Realty. Nope, I’m not talking about the mail. I’m talking about something even more important. Food.

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Lots of groups in our area collect food for area food banks. And since our real estate office is in McLean – we are supporters of SHARE of McLean. SHARE’s clients are the working poor. And before you ask, let me answer – YES, the McLean area has its share of poor. You might be surprised, but last year SHARE provided assistance to 2,500+ families (more than 7,500 people) – including economically distressed families, seniors on limited incomes, victims of abuse and even homeless folks.

One of the reasons why The Belt Team affiliated with Keller Williams Realty 5 years ago, is that Keller Williams has a year-round commitment to improving our local communities. We have a saying “We give where we live.” It’s why The Belt Team is proud to sponsor so many local charitable events & community teams – things like Youth Apostles, St. Mark Catholic School, Vienna Little League & more.

Red Day 2013 KW Mclean Great Falls

But once a year, on the 2nd Thursday in May, we have a special day called “RED DAY”. RED stands for “Renew, Energize and Donate”. And our entire company stops what they are doing in order to take on special events to make a difference in our communities. (Keep in mind that Keller Williams is the largest real estate company by agent count in the entire United States, with over 80,000 agents!)

All kinds of magical things happen on RED DAY. Homes are rebuilt or restored. Senior citizens get dancing partners and go to “Senior Prom”s. Gardens are planted or weeded. Cemetery headstones are cleaned. And here in McLean, SHARE’s food bank is replenished.

I’m proud to announce that this year, our McLean/Great falls office has set the SHARE of McLean record (AGAIN!). We even collected more than the United States Postal Service – assembling 7,586 pounds (almost 4 TONS) of food & supplies (including more than 9,000 diapers). (That’s more than a “Mommy & Daddy River Hippopatamus” weigh!)

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Thanks to all who donated to help those in need. We really appreciate your support! (And a special thanks to Diane Miller in our office who organizes RED Day each year. Diane – you ROCK!)

And don’t forget, The Belt Team and Keller Williams Realty deliver. So when you need to get something done (like buying or selling a house!) – you know who to call. And it ain’t Ghostbusters! Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

“Changing Lives For The Better – One Family At A Time”

What Weighs 6,195 Pounds?

Q. What weighs 6,195 pounds?

A. Nope – the answer is NOT 3 elephants. It’s the amount of food our Keller Williams office collected at our emergency food drive on RED Day for SHARE of McLean!!!!

RED Day is an annual Keller Williams Realty event to celebrate our year-round commitment to improving our local communities. And while our 80,000+ agents do many things throughout the year (like our annual KW Cares Charity Golf Tournament), we join together each year on our Vice Chairman of the Board’s birthday to do community service around North America. “RED” stands for “Renew, Energize and Donate”.

2 years ago, Keller Williams agents donated 155,000 service hours in one day. That number went up significantly last year. We haven’t totalled the hours yet this year, but all kinds of activities took place around the country – from home building to blood drives to refurbishing parks & beaches to dances at nursing homes & more.


We spent the day collecting food at the McLean Giant and the afternoon/evening at the Great Falls Safeway. 6,195 pounds. More than 3 TONS of food collected! That number is kind of mind boggling – isn’t it?!

And we want to THANK all of our friends, clients & neighbors in the community for being so generous. Your donations will help many families in need in the McLean, Great Falls, Pimmitt Hills, Tysons & surrounding areas. Thank you for helping us give where we live. You might be surprised at the needs in our area. After all, we live in one of the most affluent parts of the country, But they are there and they are real. Before our drive, many of the shelves were empty at SHARE and many folks who needed assistance were not able to get it. SO THANK YOU!

If you would like to join with us in community service for RED Day 2013, contact The Belt Team.