Loss of property, hope, and life
The recent tornado in Joplin, MO is said to be the worst tornado on U.S. soil in decades, with a death toll of 139. In response to the devastation, the St. Louis Keller Williams office through their KW Cares program is fundraising to help with a goal of raising $100,000.
According to Keller Williams, 100 KW agents practice in Joplin, seven of whom lost their homes and one who lost their son as he was driving home from his high school graduation. It is a disaster of epic proportions and will have a long lasting impact on the area as annihilation of property means no income to recover by these and other agents.
What is most moving is that many of the agents that are fundraising don’t know anyone in Joplin, rather as St. Louis Realtor Karen Goodman said, “we are just people helping our own.”
How to Donate
KW Cares notes that all donations are 100% tax deductible and they don’t keep any of the profits. If you’re interested in helping, the team is accepting checks payable to KW Cares with the word “Joplin” on the memo line which can be mailed to:
Keller Williams Realty
10936 Manchester Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
Credit card payments can be arranged by contacting Teri Nicely at 314-677-6218.
Karen Goodman notes that “all Keller Williams agents can also have a donation billed directly to their office account by contacting their Team Leader or MCA. Make sure you tell them you want it directed to the Joplin fund.”
Below is a video made discussing the Joplin fundraiser:
The camaraderie of the real estate industry shines most brightly when there is hurt and devastation as illustrated by Keller Williams’ fundraiser.
June 2, 2011 at 11:31 am
Lani – Thank you SO much for helping us spread the word and raise money for the real estate agents impacted by the Joplin, MO tornado. Not only are there 7 agents who lost there homes and one who lost a son, but every single one of them is going to lose their source of income for a while. No one will be buying or selling and current contracts will have delays in closings as lenders and insurance agents want to confirm that the homes weren't damaged.
I worry about all of these people who don't have damaged homes…will they still be eligible for government and charitable assistance so they can pay their bills until life gets back to normal? KW Cares will step in with every penny going to the victims (all admin costs are absorbed by non-donation money) to help any of the agents who have real needs from this crisis.
And thank you to everyone who makes a donation. We won't hit our goal without your help!