Stock the Pantry

    Stock the Pantry Food Drive

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is such a special time. We get to focus on family and all the things we are thankful for. We celebrate with elaborate feasts that leave us stuffed and satisfied. No wonder so many people call this their favorite time of the year.

    The Problem

    However, not everyone is so fortunate. 37 million Americans struggle with food insecurity. In some communities, as many as 1 in 6 children don’t know when they will have their next meal. Alabama is one of the top 10 states with the highest rate of food insecurity. A distinction we certainly don’t want so we must work together to make change happen for our friends and neighbors battling poverty. 

    Not only does food insecurity cause physical problems but it can be emotionally damaging as well. Anxiety and depression can result from living with chronic hunger. The stats can seem overwhelming but we can make a difference.

    How Can I Help?

    Many people want to help but don’t know where to start. The best way to help is to find organizations that are already doing the work and support them. One of those organizations is the Salvation Army. 

    The Tuscaloosa branch of the Salvation Operation operates a food pantry to help those facing food insecurity in the Tuscaloosa community. As of right now, they are running low on some of their staple items. They are in need of baby food, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup, peanut butter, rice, and pasta.

    The Tuscaloosa Association of REALTORS® is hosting a food drive to feed the hungry in our area and we need your help. Publix has donated bags that can be filled with non-perishable items and donated. You can also pick up bags directly from our office at 1490 Northbank Pkwy, Suite 180, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Deliver the filled bags to the office by Friday, November 22nd, and help us put an end to hunger in the Tuscaloosa area.

    Spread the Word

    Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.” Encourage others to join you in the food drive to make the greatest impact possible. One great way to do this is in the workplace. Maybe a little friendly competition between your department and other departments at your place of employment to see which team can collect the most filled bags to donate.

    Get your book club, Sunday School class, bowling league, or any other group you’re a part of to participate. Think of every filled bag as a family that will be fed for a week. One person can’t feed every family but if we all participate, and get others to as well, we can have a huge impact on the lives of so many. Your act of kindness could change a child’s life.

    Thank You

    In this season of thankfulness, thank you for being willing to help your neighbors. You are the reason we are able to do this each year and we honor you. Your contribution is important and valued. Happy holidays!

     

     

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    Alice Maxwell

    To know Alice Maxwell, Top Agent in Tuscaloosa AL, is quite frankly to love her. Vibrant and charming, she’s one of the region’s most successful REALTORS®. When asked about her sales, she sheepishly says, “Honestly, I’m not sure. I just take care of people. That’s what I love doing.” – Top Agent Magazine A Tuscaloosa Native, it’s this passion for people and knowledge of her hometown that has made Alice Maxwell a top REALTOR® in the Tuscaloosa area since 1993. She is quick to say, “I eat, sleep and breathe real estate. I love taking care of people!” It’s no surprise that clients quickly become lifelong friends, making her business one that is built on personal relationships, personal referrals and corporate relocations. By employing the latest technologies and marketing strategies, Alice does everything possible to ensure her clients’ properties are positioned and marketed for success. She and her team are committed to aggressively marketing their client’s listings, as well as finding the perfect home or condo for their buyers. To further assist her buyer’s need, she has a trusted network of professionals from inspectors, contractors, handymen to loan officers. Devoted to giving back to her community, Alice can often be found hammering at a new Habitat for Humanity house or feeding a group of students from Collegiate Recovery Community. She has served on the United Way Board, the Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Board of Directors for Capstone Bank, and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. She also serves her alma mater, The University of Alabama, as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Women of the Capstone, and Human Environmental Sciences Leadership Board. After earning her REALTOR® license, Alice earned her CRS, ABR and GRI designations. Since becoming a principal in Keller Williams Realty Tuscaloosa, she has participated in extensive training--recently completing Keller Williams’ signature training program, BOLD. Her knowledge of the industry paired with her knowledge of the Tuscaloosa market allows her to offer the highest level of service to each client. Because of her training and hard work, she has been named REALTOR® of the Year, and won the Arthur B. Pope award from the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors. Alice is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and together they are parents of Anne, Davis and Stuart. In the spirit of the Maxwell tradition, all three children have pursued individual careers in different spheres of real estate. When not busy with real estate, Alice and Johnny are often found spending quality time with their five grandchildren, their dogs, close friends or Alice’s 89-year-old mother, Dee. It’s a full and busy life! Alice probably sums it up best saying, “If you had told me years ago that I would be where I am today, I wouldn’t have believed it. I just know that I work hard and I believe that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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