A Helping Hand

Dated: 05/11/2017

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When we last were here, I had asked for your input on Scams.  I had someone reach out to me and let me know that they are now doing automated calls with a machine to try and capture your credit card information.  I had quite a few people comment on ways that they messed with the person calling them, but I don't think any of those stories are appropriate enough to display publicly.  

Today is Red Day within Keller Williams.  Red Day is a day where the entire company takes time from their businesses, and gives back to the community.  This year we are in Annapolis rehabbing the Chesapeake Children's Museum.  In recent years we have rehabbed a few facilities such as Sarah's house, and an Art's center.  Giving back to the people in our area is instilled within our company's culture.  It is also a core belief of Team Caropreso.  

We strive to give back in many different ways.  We have donated to charities, sponsored different events and causes, and worked to make sure each of our clients have the best experience possible, beyond just the transaction.  We have even helped a client who asked us to sponsor his Daughter's Cheer Leading team for a competition.  We have also engaged in ongoing Sponsorships as well.  For instance, we are currently sponsoring Scheffield Motorsports.  Sheffield Motorsports is a family race team with Connor Sheffield as the driver in the United States Auto Club and the Quarter Midgets of America.  He has races all up and down the east coast.  What is particularly special about Connor is that he is not only very good at his craft, but also battles with a health condition that requires constant medical monitoring.  It is incredible to see someone who has been through so much in such a short time, and still follows his passion and competes.  He is an inspiration to many people who are much older than he is.  

This is just one of the many different ways we give back to the community.  And we are also going to be making an announcement in the next few months of another way we are giving back, but that is under wraps for the moment.  In the mean time, outside of my company and outside of my team, I personally do everything I can to help those around me.  I recall a couple of weeks ago standing in line at a grocery store.  I overheard a young woman on the phone behind me on the phone.  She was talking about how she has a high risk pregnancy and that she was told by her employer that she could no longer come to work because of that (they would hold her position though), and that no one else would hire her being pregnant.  She was saying that she would figure something out.  As she was on the phone, the cashier was ringing up my purchase.  I asked the cashier to please ring up this young woman's groceries as well and I would pay for them.  The young woman realized what was going on and immediately got off the phone saying that I did not have to do that.  I explained that I did not have to, but I overheard her conversation and I felt I needed to do something just to brighten her day.  She gave me a very long hug.  I could tell that my simple act had overwhelmed her.

I have also been on the receiving end of small gestures.  I recall that when I was in middle school, I often had a hard time making friends.  I actually remember sitting by myself everyday at lunch for the entire 6th grade year.  The next year, I was invited by a small group of girls to sit with them.  I went to school with many people and could not possibly remember them all, but I will never forget the names of these 4 girls.  They made me feel better because they provided interaction and gave me a sense of friendship.  It helped to build confidence and allowed me to not be as shy as I was before.  A simple act of allowing someone to sit with them, was appreciated more than they could have ever known.  I have since ran into one of them and we are great friends now.  So I can honestly tell you how much of an impact a small gesture can have on someone.

We often times get caught up in our own worlds, we walk about ignoring those that pass us by.  However, sometimes, just a small action can mean the world to someone.  How many times have you heard about the young child that is picked on constantly not hurting themselves because someone took the time to say hello.  Or seen the stories on FaceBook about someone who received help and was able to pay it back years later to a much greater extent.  Love and kindness to the individuals around us can make a huge impact.  And it only takes maybe 5 seconds of our day away from us.  I do my best to do one good thing a day at a minimum for someone.  That small gesture can impact 365 people a year or more.  Imagine how great the world would be if you did the same.

I hope today I have inspired you to go out and do something nice for someone.  Even if it is a simple hello to someone you would have never noticed, it could alter their path forever.  There is plenty of negativity in the world already, so why not try to disrupt that by giving a stranger a helping hand.  If you have any thoughts or stories you would like to share, please feel free to reach out to me at Christopher@TeamCaropreso.com , I am also available to help you in your home search or with any questions you have regarding Real Estate.  Have a great 2 weeks everyone.  Enjoy the joy spread by helping someone.  And I will see you all next time.

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