Over 100 Bikes Donated to Grace House and Shepard’s Village

Grace House

On Wednesday, December 13th, Century 21 Begging Enterprises (C21 Beggins), along with the Indian Rocks Beach Home Owners Association, hosted a holiday party and toy drive to make holiday wishes come true at Grace House and Shepard’s Village.

According to their website, “RCS Grace House provides dignified apartment-style emergency shelter, to homeless families with children, for up to two months.” Similarly, Shepard’s Village provides “programs and affordable housing for struggling single parent families seeking an opportunity to build a healthy, stable family environment as they journey from crisis to self sustainability.”

The family-focused organizations received a combined 101 bikes from the community event in addition to dozens of toys. Leftover toys and bikes were donated to the local VFW.

Kathy MacKinnon from C21 Beggins worked with the Indian Rocks Beach Home Owners Association to organize the event, which brought in over 200 people from the community and featured an “enchanted” theme.

In the parking lot, an enormous movie-theatre-sized screen played Toy Story 3 and a local DJ spun tunes. Throughout the evening, guests were invited to tour the C21 office to visit with Santa and explore the Disney-themed rooms.

Sponsors included Crabby Bills, Paramount Title, Discount Loans, C21 Beggins, 18 on the Rocks, Indian Rocks Beach Home Owners Association, and Chicago Jax. Guests enjoyed pizza, Mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, cupcakes, and hot chocolate.

C21 Beggins realtor and OUTCOAST partner, Heather Stotts, has even bigger goals for next year. “I’d like to double the amount of bikes and try to help more local families. There are struggling families that are not in shelters. I think every kid deserves to have a great holiday.”

Interested in supporting the work of C21? Contact Heather Stotts.

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Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She is the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization, and CEO of OUTCOAST, an online marketing and concierge platform marketing the Gulf Coast as an LGBTQ-inclusive place to VISIT, CELEBRATE, and LIVE.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer and has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal.

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