As many of you are aware, for the past few years, I have sponsored, organized, and coordinated a fundraiser campaign which involves adopting children in need of toys for Christmas. The fundraisers have been a huge success, as we have been able to provide toys, clothes, food, etc. for many children and their families over the years. None of this would have been possible without the help of my family and, especially YOU, my social media friends and family. The children that will be adopted this year by the Markus Smith Real Estate Team and I will not have a Christmas without our assistance, and we cannot stand by in good conscience and do nothing. We actually adopted 13 children and 6 families last year.
In the past, I have collected food for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, copy paper for an OKCPS high school and the Teacher's Warehouse, schools supplies for an elementary school, etc. This year I am providing this website again to make it easier to donate money too. ALL of the money will be used to purchase toys and Toys-R-Us gift cards for clothes and a Christmas dinner. I do not simply give the parents cash or a check to ensure the money WE raise is only used for Christmas toys or needed clothes.
Please know that the money collected through this site will also buy each family a nice Christmas dinner, which is usually provided via gift card, as well as adding to the additional toys that we physically collect as well. (Of course I will keep everyone posted via Facebook, Instagram, etc.) As many of you are aware, I grew up impoverished in the violent neighborhoods on the northeast side of OKC in the early 1970s and 1980s when gang violence, drugs, etc. was at its peak. I have been fortunate and blessed to have persevered through a lot of adversity and always try to do something to give back to my community. And with your help, we can make it a little easier for a few children for Christmas this year. The fundraiser will run through Dec. 22nd in order to provide my team and I plenty of time to go and purchase all of the items for the children. The fundraiser is going live now as many of you have requested it so that you can donate as soon as possible....so here you go!! (smile).
We have posted pics of some of the children we have adopted this year, as well as some of the children we have provided toys for throughout the years. We have also posted some pics from some of our former donors and sponsors -- we could not have done it without their support!!
Thanks again for your help and support!!! These fundraisers mean a lot to me, and I truly appreciate all of the donations that I have received for these great causes over the years.
Thanks for your consideration,
~ Markus Smith, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.A.
Markus Smith Real Estate Team
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