Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently joined forces with NorthStar Moving to help tackle the serious problem of hunger in Southern California. The Let’s Send Hunger Packing competition started on July 19 and ran until August 19 with nearly 40 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices competing to raise both food and monetary donations for their local food banks. The results are in and the Southern California branch offices donated 4,556 pounds of food, or about 3,796 meals.
“One out of four children in Los Angeles County and one out of five children in Orange County are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight, so we were thrilled to see a lot of the heroes and stars of the competition were from Southern California,” said NorthStar Moving co-founder Laura McHolm. “From San Marino to Beverly Hills and Laguna Niguel to Newport Beach, Coldwell Banker real estate agents truly embraced the challenge. We are thankful to Coldwell Banker for helping us bring awareness to this critical need taking place right in our back yard.”
The Orange County and Greater Los Angeles branch offices “showed great enthusiasm and leadership in raising and collecting donations, which directly benefited the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County,” said Jeff Culbertson, executive vice president of Southwest and Sacramento Region NRT LLC and president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orange County and San Diego. In Los Angeles County, the San Marino office raised the most food donations and the Beverly Hills South office raised the highest monetary donation. In Orange County, the Laguna Niguel office raised the most food donations and the Newport Center office raised the highest monetary donation. Coldwell Banker sales associates Rachel Burnard (Hancock Park North), Kristen Schmidt (San Marino) and Mary Ann Campaigne (Laguna Niguel) were even honored with the “Let’s Send Hunger Packing Food Drive Super Volunteer Award 2013” after they showed great innovation and dedication to the fundraising efforts.
“All of these examples made me incredibly proud to be a part of the Coldwell Banker family,” said Culbertson. “It shows the great care we have for our community in Southern California. No one—especially a child—should go hungry. While this might be a small step toward fighting hunger, I know our efforts made a difference.”