ENOLA, PA (Nov. 20, 2020) – Following several months of planning and several weeks of collecting, the Greater Harrisburg REALTORS® Foundation hosted its Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Distribution Day on November 20th. 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 34th year for the Food Drive. On Friday at the GHAR office, REALTORS® and Affiliate members distributed 1,160 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 1,160 greater Harrisburg area families.
Karen Detwiler, GHAR Thanksgiving Food Drive Chair, thanks everyone for their generous support during this challenging year. “With great appreciation to The Greater Harrisburg Association of REALTORS® and their affiliates, we exceeded our goal this year of providing 1,000 families with a turkey and gift card — and made it to 1,160 families!! It’s been another rewarding year, but at the same time sad to see an increase in the numbers of meals needed. This is the 34th year of feeding families from senior citizens, to families with children, and those that have been displaced. We made a huge difference by helping 25 organizations throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties. These organizations are tremendously appreciative, and I pass that sentiment on to you! Thank you so very much.”
25 organizations picked up the turkeys and gift cards to distribute them to less fortunate families: New Beginnings International, New Hope Ministries, Cumberland County Children and Youth, NE Fire & Rescue 2, The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital Region, The New Hope Living Baptist Church, First Zion Baptist Church, Zion Lutheran Church, Way of the Cross Church of the Living God, Upper Dauphin Human Services, Wild Heart Ministries, Harrisburg Housing Authority, Fountain Gate Church and Ministries, Bethuel Temple Church of Christ Apostolic, Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church, Millennium Neighborhood Church, Hummelstown Ministries, Perry County Food Bank, City of Refuge, Loaves of Love 2nd City Church, Antioch Tabernacle, Gaudenzia DELTA Community, Martin Luther King Baptist Church, All Nations Evangelistic Church and True Deliverance Holiness Church of God.
GHAR wishes to give a special thank you to Karns Foods 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.; 360 Tour Designs and Marketing; Bass Air Quality Systems; Centric Bank; Cody Financial Mortgage Services, Inc.; F&M Trust; Fulton Mortgage Company; Geo. W. Weaver & Son, Inc.; Hommati.com; HomeChek, Inc.; Ideal Mortgage Group; Mette, Evans & Woodside; National Property Inspections; NextHome Capital Realty; Nextier Bank; Northpointe Bank and Red Door Consignment Gallery.
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 34 years, the Food Drive has provided food to feed 16,622 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.