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.

Red Day KW McLean 2015  KW McLean red Day 2015

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

#kwri #kwmclean #wegivewherewelive #thebeltteam #changinglivesforthebetter

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!

Northern VA Realtors

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!)

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.

The Belt Team 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 8th 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!

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).

Tom Francis & Christy Belt Grossman Red Day Keller Williams Realty McLean

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 (all day!) & Great Falls Safeway (4-7PM). We will be collecting groceries and donations on behalf of SHARE. Look for our tent!

If you would like to participate in this effort, here’s the list of items that SHARE is particularly in need of:

  • Grape or strawberry jelly or jam
  • White sugar
  • White rice
  • Ground coffee
  • Black tea
  • Mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup
  • Cooking oil
  • Chunky chicken soups (only this kind)
  • 100% juice
  • Bars of soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent
  • Tuna fish
  • Cereal
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes

Thanks in advance for your support!

Northern VA Realtors