Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation and Bronx YMCA’s “Operation REALTORS® Kids” Toy Drive a Huge Success
Mary Prenon | December 29, 2021
The Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR), and the Bronx YMCA’s “Operation REALTORS® Kids” Toy Drive was a tremendous success this year. Now in its 10th year, the toy drive benefitted 80 children in 35 families throughout the Bronx on Christmas Day.
“Operation Realtors Kids” Toy Drive began right after Thanksgiving. While it was off to a slow start, by December 22, gifts and donations began to pour in. In total, more than $1,200 was collected for purchasing additional toys and gift wrapping. “It was a ‘Miracle on Williamsbridge Road,’” said Eli Rodriguez, Director of Advocacy, Commercial & Legislative Issues for Bronx & Manhattan | Liaison for Bronx Chapter.
Rodriguez, along with his wife, the Hon. Fiordaliza Rodriguez, their sons Miguel Clemente and Christian Marin Rodriguez, Sharlene Brown, Castle Hill YMCA Executive Director, and her husband, Eugene Oliver, a retired judge, played Santa’s elves to help deliver the gifts. Diana Milone, a Realtor with Diana Alvarado Milone, Inc., sponsored five families and Victoria Fontana, Assistant Controller of Leadership Connect, donated a carload of gifts including coats, sneakers, boots, and many toys.
“Our members and friends give generously during the Holiday Season to help our neighbors in need, and especially this year, with the COVID pandemic, so many families require our help, “said Rodriguez “Our REALTORS® are committed to building communities, as well as sustaining them.”
Established in 2004 and relaunched in 2013, the HG Realtor Foundation has donated thousands of dollars to charities and non-profits throughout the New York metro area and beyond. As concerned members of the communities we work in, the Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation participates in qualified community-based charities who serve the housing, hunger, health, happiness, and humane needs of citizens everywhere.
For more information or to apply for funding from the Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, please visit www.hgrealtorfoundation.com.