For 20 years, the non-profit service project “Easter Baskets for Berks” has been collecting donations and buying, preparing and delivering Easter baskets for children in need in Berks County.

Starting the project because she saw that children should receive toys and gifts all year round, not just at Christmas, realtor Tina Hogg of Keller Williams Realty Group is proud that her service project has donated more than 15,000 baskets to community organizations. such as SafeBerks, Orphanage Reading, Mary’s Shelter, 2nd Street Training Center at Opportunity House, OneLuv Outreach and others for years.

“I started by buying, filling and donating 100 baskets to SafeBerks, which at the time was called Berks Women In Crisis,” Hogg said. “I wanted to show my children how important it is to give to others.

“This is my 20th year! With the help of many individuals, businesses and organizations, I have been able to donate thousands of filled baskets to many organizations that serve children and families in Berks County. ”

Members of the Reading Berks Association of Realtors have assisted Hog in her mission by filling 315 of a total of 550 baskets collected this year for children in need of infants under 12 years of age.

“From the association’s perspective, community projects are invaluable to who we are,” said Britney Baker Shur, head of the R-BAR association. “Realtors and affiliates from all over, Berks and beyond, come together to share a little joy with hundreds of our youngest neighbors. That’s the thing! “

This year’s baskets were purchased with donations from Jason Berkholder, Welcome Home Real Estate, Sun Federal Credit Union and Riverfront Federal Credit Union.

Return is at the heart of what it means to be a realtor. R-BAR members, such as Hogue, seek to improve and change the community in which they work and live.

“I am grateful to now have the support of R-BAR, their affiliates, and my fellow realtors,” Hogg said. “It’s amazing what can be achieved when we work together. Now my grandchildren are studying too! ”

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