Lisa Snuggs of Keller Williams Realty Group was honored with the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors Feb. 5 at the awards luncheon.
According to ECAR, nominees should have freely given of their time and talents to one or more organizations in the past year. Nominees should have volunteered many hours of service and commitment on a continuous basis and provided “hands-on” involvement to a specific cause.
Snuggs has been a volunteer with Destin-based Mission Love Seeds for seven years, and during that time she has spent thousands of hours working to help children and families living in poverty both locally, in the Appalachian Mountains and in the Philippines. Snuggs went with a Mission Love Seeds team as a first responder to Haiti after the earthquake, and collected, packed and delivered needed supplies to survivors of the Tuscaloosa tornadoes.
“I helped my daughter and her Leadership classes from FWBHS organize a Home Makeover for a family living in Destin,” Snuggs told The Log. “The project became so large that Habitat for Humanity and Destin Roofing became involved.”
Snuggs participated in “Red Day” — Keller Williams Day of Giving — for six years, has worked during a food drive for Harvest House in Destin, moved kennels and washed dogs at Alaqua and gardened and laid mulch at the Children’s Advocacy Center.
“I personally adopted two streets in Destin that I clean up and initiated my office to adopt one,” Snuggs said.
But it is Mission Love Seeds that is closest to her heart. Snuggs was responsible for Delta Airlines donating 4,000 blankets to Mission families last year, and arranged to have a nursing school donate 43 nursing PDA’s to a hospital in Antipolo, Philippines, in exchange for emergency treatments for Mission children. She has done numerous clothing, medication and toy drives, and Snuggs and her daughter started “Barbie’s on a Mission” (collecting Barbie dolls and toys) and successfully gave a toy to every child in the villages of Mission last Christmas.
“I am the Missions go to person for heavy lifting, marketing flyers and other computer projects,” Snuggs said. “None of us are paid for our time and we all love our work. My blessing is to see the smiles on the children’s faces!”
Snuggs now sponsors three children in the Philippines. She sends money for their schooling, clothes and basic needs, writes letters and gives encouragement, and sends emergency funds when needed. One of her “children” is now in college, studying computer science, and Snuggs pays tuition, labs, travel and uniforms.
“Lisa’s work and passion to help others is so important to the growth of Mission Love Seeds,” said Barbi Carroll, founder of MLS. “She is one of a kind and makes the work she does seem effortless and tireless.”
“I’m a behind-the-scenes kind of person, I don’t like the spotlight shined on me,” Snuggs said. “The work I do for the community and the mission gives me a sense of purpose and accomplishment that feeds my soul. I step out in faith and spend my time, energy and money on projects that are often overlooked but where the help is most needed. This work brings me joy and I feel so honored to receive this award from my colleagues.”