Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 31, 2010

Coldwell Banker drive nets record high charity gifts

Contributions of toys, coats far exceeds 2009 numbers

by Jeb Bing

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced that it collected more than 9,000 toys and 2,100 coats this holiday season to benefit families in need throughout Northern California.

  The Toys for Tots and Operation: One Warm Coat campaigns this season marked the 24th consecutive year that the firm has supported these holiday efforts in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and several nonprofit organizations in the area.

"We received a tremendous amount of community support for the Toys for Tots and Operation: One Warm Coat campaigns this season," said Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading real estate company.

"We always expect a certain amount of generosity from agents and their clients, but this year seemed to go above and beyond," Turley said." More members of our communities are in need now than in recent years, and the public really responded. The outpouring of support was truly inspiring."

  In all, 50 Northern California Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices participated in the Toys for Tots campaign and 32 offices in the Operation: One Warm Coat drive, collecting nearly 4,000 more toys and 500 more coats than in 2009. Eight offices in the East Bay region participated in the donation drives and collected 1,228 toys and 481 coats. That included the Danville office, which collected 600 toys, the Oakland-Piedmont office, which collected 400 toys and the Livermore office, which collected 130 coats.

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