EASTON — Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS members adopted six families, provided food and toys for seventeen children and made a financial contribution all in support of the Bears that Care Midshore Toy Drive.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the organizers of this annual toy drive to do things differently. They did not have toy donation boxes this year and relied solely on people and organizations to adopt the children or send donations.
Laura Anderson, Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS president, said the REALTORS were looking for a way to give back and chose Bears That Care Program since they reach so many in need. The REALTORS individually or with their Brokerage donated money, toys, and food to the families.
It is especially important to bring joy where you can,” Anderson said.
Dawn Jones, president of the toy drive, said while holding the toy drive was especially challenging in 2020, she knows the its importance and remembers how this drive once helped bring toys to her children.
“I’ve never forgotten that and that’s why I volunteered the next year and continue to volunteer,” Jones said. “I’ve been in those shoes and I know what it’s like.”
Michelle Webster, chair and treasurer of the toy drive, said because of the pandemic, Bears That Care knew they needed the support of the community and are especially thankful to the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS for their support.
During the 2020 holiday season the toy drive was able to help out over 347 families and 713 children. Over 400 additional children received Christmas Stockings and others food boxes. Toy drive organizers credited the help of the community and local law enforcement agencies in ensuring each child was able to have a wonderful Christmas.