HARRISBURG, PA (Nov. 20, 2018) – Following several months of planning and several weeks of collecting, the Greater Harrisburg REALTORS® Foundation hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Distribution Day on Nov. 16. The Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® (GHAR) and provides housing- related service to the community. This year is the 32nd year for the Food Drive. On Friday at the GHAR office, REALTORS® and Affiliate members distributed 900 turkeys and Karns Foods gift cards to organizations in the greater Harrisburg community.
Contributions have been collected by member REALTOR® firms and Affiliate firms throughout the fall. The contributions were designed to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey and trimmings, for a less fortunate family.
Thanks to the generosity of REALTORS® and Affiliate members, the Foundation was able to distribute turkeys and gift cards to feed 900 greater Harrisburg area families.
Karen Detwiler, Thanksgiving Food Drive Chair, is astounded by the fact that people are still facing food insecurity in the United States and it is happening right here in our community. “The need out there is overwhelming. We had requests for 2,870 turkeys and gift cards. This year, we were able to provide 900. Our goal was 1,000, but we are happy with 900 because we were still able to provide 95 more meals this year in comparison to 2017”.
Two dozen organizations picked up the gift cards and turkeys to distribute them to less fortunate families, NE Fire & Rescue 2; New Beginnings International; Zion Lutheran Church; Cumberland County Children and Youth; Way of the Cross Church of the Living God; The Salvation Army – Harrisburg Capital Region; True Deliverance Holiness Church of God; Perry County Food Bank; Loaves of Love 2nd City Church; New Hope Ministries – Mechanicsburg; Bethuel Temple Church of Christ Apostolic; First Zion Baptist Church; Fountain Gate Church and Ministries; Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church; The New Hope Living Baptist Church; Harrisburg Housing Authority; Antioch Tabernacle; Millennium Neighborhood Church; Upper Dauphin Human Services; City of Refuge; Martin Luther King Baptist Church; New Hope Ministries – Dillsburg; Gaudenzia DELTA Community and Hummelstown Ministries.
“The organizations that benefit from this are so appreciative of what we do. It is very heartwarming to provide the turkeys and feel their gratitude when they come through for pick up”, Karen Detwiler added.
GHAR wishes to give a special thank you to Karns Food for assisting with the turkeys and the gift cards for the Food Drive.
In addition to the generous contributions from REALTORS® and Affiliate member firms, thank you to our Food Drive sponsors: A Plus Mortgage Solutions, Inc.; Fidelis Mortgage Corporation; Fulton Mortgage Company; Geo. W. Weaver & Son, Inc.; Help U Sell Detwiler Realty; Moneyline Lending, LLC; ASHI of Central PA; Archer Pest Control; Centric Bank; Cody Financial Mortgage Services, Inc.; Members 1st Federal Credit Union; NextHome Capital Realty; Team Becker REALTORS® – Keller Williams of Central PA East; Turn Key Realty Group; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and 360 Tour Designs.
The Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS®/REALTORS® Foundation has been collecting food since 1986. In 1986, the Foundation collected 78 boxes of food. Over the past 32 years, the Food Drive has provided food to feed 14,462 families in the greater Harrisburg area.
The mission of the Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® Foundation is to financially support non-profit charitable organizations with housing and shelter related focus which enrich the quality of life and support the human need of the Greater Harrisburg community.
About Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS®
The Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS®, established in 1916, represents 1,900 REALTORS® and provides leadership in adapting to advances in the industry. The Association is committed to promoting ethical and competent real estate practices and advocating the value of home ownership in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties.
About Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® Foundation
The Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® Foundation was formally organized in 1990, building on the Association’s long history of community involvement. The Foundation has been involved in community projects, various community revitalization and clean-up projects, scholarship drives, and personal care drives. The Foundation has recently shifted its focus to fundraising to support non-profits in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area.