Keller Williams hosts KW RED Day in area

Special to the Log
KW associates from Destin and 30A offices helped out at Harvest House with food and cash donations.

Created in 2009, KW RED Day is Keller Williams Realty’s annual, company-wide day of community service. RED stands for renew, energize and donate.

KW associates around the world are asked to “give where they live” and dedicate a day to renewing and energizing the communities they serve.

In Northwest Florida, Keller Williams Emerald Coast Realty’s five offices in Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville and South Walton 30A, with its 280 agents, recently took part in KW RED Day by participating in various community activities.

“It never ceases to amaze me the strength of our agent team and the projects they undertake every year for KW RED Day,” said Jeff Adamson, broker and operational head of Keller Williams Emerald Coast Realty’s five offices. “KW is not just about buying and selling real estate, we’re also about being a part of the communities we serve and making a contribution in some small way to help make a difference.”

Harvest House was the charity of choice for the Destin and 30A offices. The mission of Harvest House is to provide food, clothing and shelter to those less fortunate. The agents made donation requests at the Destin Walmart resulting in three carloads of food collected, plus $396.65 in cash.

Additionally, three area restaurants, Dockside Café & Oyster Bar, Mimmo’s Italian Restaurante and Drew Messina Catering, provided an extravagant lunch at the Keller Williams Destin Market Center for the public to enjoy for a $5 donation. That money went toward buying perishables for Harvest House and concluded with agents stocking the shelves at Harvest House with the various donations collected.

Fort Walton Beach agents volunteered at Opportunity Place, a homeless shelter for women and children. Their activities included weeding and general gardening; cleaning windows and fitting new screens; sanding and painting various rooms; and organizing and sorting clothing and household items that have been donated to the shelter.

Sharing & Caring, a local food source for elderly, homeless, unemployed and struggling families, was one of two charity choices to help for KW’s Niceville office.

For Sharing & Caring, agents and their friends, family and clients donned KW RED Day T-shirts and gathered at Walmart to collect donations of cash, canned goods and household necessities. KW agents will also be doing interior painting and cleaning windows at the center, in addition to obtaining appreciation gift cards for Sharing & Caring staff and volunteers.

The Niceville KW office’s other project was building an oyster reef at Bluewater Bay on Rocky Bayou that will help to complete the final phase of the Living Shoreline, a natural way to protect the shores from erosion.

The Navarre KW office supported Oak Haven Ranch & Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues the equine, mentors the child and restores hope for the family. Agents helped build a fence, painted and stained stalls, cleared brush and presented Oak Haven with a property sign as a gift.