In the spirit of giving thanks and thinking of others who are in need, this is the time of year to consider charitable donations to the less fortunate — and now is the time to donate staples and canned goods to the annual Coldwell Banker Realty Wellington food drive.
Collections are being accepted Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coldwell Banker office at 12300 South Shore Blvd., Suite 100, in Wellington. The deadline to donate is Tuesday, Nov. 17 at noon.
Realtor Andrew Burr is helping to coordinate the collection and distribution of the food to the Pahokee Church of God. He explained that the collections are important because the area near the church in Pahokee is underserved and the need is great.
“They have been particularly hard-hit this year with COVID, so we are hoping to fill up a U-Haul truck,” Burr said. “We collect the food at our South Shore office and deliver it directly into the hands of the church, which goes directly into their food pantry.”
The drive is looking for non-perishable food items, such as canned meats, soups, canned fruits and vegetables, dry cereal, rice and pasta — basically anything that is shelf stable, including baby food and other sustenance items.
Bruce Allen, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Realty Wellington, said that the food drive is a local tradition.
“Coldwell Banker likes to be close to the community,” he said. “It is good to partner with the local community on charitable projects, and this is on our annual event schedule. We have been doing it for over two decades.”
Matthew Tarantino, who is also helping to coordinate the charitable project, said that the team collects thousands of dollars in food each year for the distribution.
“The Coldwell Banker Realty Wellington office has been making the collection and donation for years and years,” he said.
Burr invited the community to take part in the food drive.
“These people really need the donations for sustenance, nourishment and survival,” he said. “The Realtors have also committed funds that are used to complete filling up the truck by purchasing food from Aldi and Costco.”
Through this food drive, your generous donations can be of great assistance to those in need. For more info., call the Coldwell Banker Wellington office at (561) 793-3400.