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Realtors make sure Santa visits

December 15, 1997

by Yvette May / staff photographer

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Realtors make sure Santa visits

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail Co. is highlighting 12 different individuals or groups who make a difference to others during the holiday season.

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

No child should have to go without a toy for Christmas, say employees at Long & Foster Realtors in Hagerstown, who every year do their part to see that local children aren't bypassed by Santa Claus.

The Long & Foster office at 1750 Dual Highway has been a Toys for Tots collection site since the company took on the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves holiday effort in 1990, said office administrator Anne Toms.

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Long-time employees, like Toms, say they're glad their company chose to focus on children during the holiday season.

"I'd much rather do that than give food baskets or something else like that," said real estate agent Ruth Grove, who said she has been involved in the drive since it started at the office. "I think it's much more beneficial. It brings a little sparkle into the children's eyes at Christmas."

"It's a worthwhile cause," said real estate agent Rose Greenawalt, who said she always encourages people she knows to donate. "We think it's a community effort. I can't imagine any children going without toys for Christmas."

While helping local charities provide gifts for needy children, the annual drive boosts holiday cheer and a family feeling among employees, Toms said.

Instead of donating toys individually, the employees usually take up a collection, and then designate two people to go on a shopping spree, so there are no duplications and purchases cover the range of ages, she said.

"Everybody thinks of little, tiny kids, but there's the older ones you have to think about, too. Christmas isn't just for young kids, it's the older ones that need it, too," Toms said.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Dual Highway office seven days a week until Friday.

Call 301-797-2300 for more information.

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