Recently, we let people know how much we appreciated being allowed to help people victimized by Superstorm Sandy. Here's the letter we've distributed:
If there’s one thing Realtors understand and believe in, it’s the power of neighborhoods and communities. It was our pleasure to help two communities during the week of Nov. 5 as they recovered from Superstorm Sandy. The members of The Holmquist Team would like to thank some folks for helping us help neighbors who needed a hot meal and some good company.
The Holmquist Team members made spaghetti dinner for people in Flanders at the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad firehouse and for those in Long Valley at the Long Valley First Aid Squad building. Our thanks to both of those organizations for letting us use their facilities, get in their way as they responded to emergency calls and for their help pitching in with all the things that had to happen for us to hand someone a plate of hot ziti. In Flanders, in addition to accommodating us, the firefighters and EMTs were operating showers for the public and collecting materials for Jersey Shore residents. There was a lot going on!
In addition, thanks to several Mansfield shops that supported our efforts, including Shop-Rite, Frank’s Pizza, Donaldson Farms and Panera Bread. WRNJ radio helped us get the word out. There were lots of people who helped out, but in the rush of everything, we didn’t get everyone’s names. There was the family from Flanders Crossing who made absolutely delicious bread; the mom who showed up in Long Valley with homemade gourmet cupcakes, and the Cub Scouts who were at the building in Long Valley, helping us in a variety of ways, including lots and lots of physical labor!
I’d also like to thank the members of The Holmquist Team for embracing this cause as a way to help neighbors and friends. We especially want to thank Ray West of the Califon Post Office who became our head chef.
These two dinners were a bright spot in a week of uncertainty and challenges. As Realtors, we sell houses. It takes people to make a house a home and a group of homes to make a community. Although struggling with their own post-Sandy challenges, people came together on these two evenings to create, serve, enjoy and clean up from a simple hot meal. Those people truly created a community, and we thank everyone for the opportunity to be part of that.