Despite a challenging year, the spirit of Christmas lives in 2020.
Physical office Christmas parties which have been a tradition of the holiday season were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions put in place regarding social gatherings.
But in a time of challenge, people and companies have adapted to deal with the current reality and many companies like RE/MAX Real Estate (Central) which recently hosted a virtual Christmas party – the 12 Gifts of Christmas for its staff and sponsors – have created a positive environment out of a negative situation.
For 36 years, Central hosted their agents and guests to an annual Christmas Party with a sit-down dinner, drinks, music, and most often dancing and always lots of good cheer. It was typically held at the end of November or early December to kick off the holiday season.
Like everyone this year, the company had to pivot due to the pandemic and thus decided to have a virtual event where music was played, stories were shared and prizes were handed out as part of the fun. Attendees were encouraged to dress in holiday attire and/or hats.
While it wasn’t the same as having their annual evening event, Central didn’t want the holidays to pass without spreading some good cheer with their entire family.
And that included a very generous donation to the Alberta Children’s Hospital on behalf of the Central agents, as the company’s way of giving back to the community.
The RE/MAX family have been strong and generous supporters over the years for children’s health care.
Since 1992 RE/MAX agents across Canada have raised over $79 million for children’s hospitals across the country through the Children’s Miracle Network.
The initiative is woven into the fabric of RE/MAX – a deep commitment to community. Over the years, RE/MAX brokers/owners and agents have demonstrated their community leadership by donating their time and money to countless causes including contributing millions of dollars to Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals.
2020 has been a challenging year for so many people in the community. The support by RE/MAX is a way to bring some moments of joy even in a tough time. It also demonstrated to children, being treated at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, that even when the chips are down there are people in the community who believe in them and continue to invest in their wellbeing.
“2020 has been a challenging year, and COVID-19 has changed the way our society functions and supports each other. Children’s hospitals rely heavily on the fundraising initiatives of partners and supporters who engage the community for support. In fact, children’s hospital foundations predict donations have decreased up to 50 per cent this year due to the financial constraints of supporters,” says the RE/MAX Canada website.
“In 2020, many Canadians have stayed home, focused on their family life, and moved into new communities. Your help is needed now more than ever so we can ensure the kids next year can get the critical treatment they need.
“Since 1992, RE/MAX agents have raised more than $79 Million in Canada for children’s hospitals. The dollars raised usually come from the Miracle Home Program, which sees RE/MAX agents donate a portion of their commission with every transaction and local fundraising events. This year, Canadian kids need you more than ever, which is why we are asking you to consider an additional ONE-TIME gift to support our families during COVID-19. Children’s hospitals call upon you, RE/MAX agents across Canada, to step forward and help kids in the communities you serve by raising an additional $1 MILLION together by December 2020, to help fill the fundraising gap for children’s hospitals.”