Written by By Luciano Guerra Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:42
It was as close to a scene from the Extreme Home Makeover television show as this reporter has ever seen. Up to 50 volunteers showed up at a modest two-bedroom one-bathroom home west of Mission recently and spent the day doing yard work, sanding sheetrock, painting walls and ceilings, laying tile and installing bathroom fixtures, all at no expense to the homeowner.
As part of the annual RED Day initiative in which tens of thousands of Keller Williams employees across the country spend one day out of the year renewing, energizing and donating (RED) in their local communities, real estate agents and employees of Keller Williams Realty RGV gathered together to show one Mission family how much they care.
Team leader Lori Fernandez, who was among the volunteers that arrived early and stayed late that day, explained what RED Day is all about,
“Basically what we do is to close our doors one day every year to give back to the community. We like to pay it forward. This year we’ve chosen a very deserving Casa Hidalgo family and we’re basically going to make this young girl’s bedroom her dream room,” she said.The young girl, who was taken in by her grandmother after Child Protective Services removed her from an abusive situation, did have her own room, but with a concrete floor, no air conditioner and nothing more than a cot to sleep on, it was far from being the room of her dreams.