It’s still early December, but it’s beginning to look a heck of lot like Christmas in Greensboro – and that was especially true at the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina where, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, an area real estate company dropped off 105 bikes for kids to find on Christmas morning.
On Tuesday, the shiny new bikes – 105 in all – were loaded up by real estate agents and staff at Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Yost & Little Realty (BHHS) on North Elm Street and delivered to the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina at 1002 Yanceyville St.
The Children’s Home Society serves children and families through a host of programs with the mission of promoting the right of every child to have “a permanent, safe, and loving family.”
Since the Children’s Home Society was founded in 1902, it has placed over 15,000 children into homes. The organization is best known for its work related to foster care and adoption, but it also offers parent and teen education programs and professional training – in an attempt to promote healthy environments for the children it works with.
And, this Christmas, many of those kids will have something most every kid wants – a bike.
Dean Little, the managing broker for BHHS, said the real estate company has formed a relationship with the Children’s Home Society over the years because there are agents in his office who have adopted children through the agency or have worked with it in other ways.
“It’s just one that we’re so proud of them for what they do,” Little said of the Children’s Home Society.
The agents and others who helped with the collection and delivery process on Tuesday said it has been “heartwarming” to come in to the office each morning and see all the bikes that had been collected. One said it “just feels really great” to think about those kids waking up in the morning and finding a bike under the tree.
This is the second year the BHHS Elm Street office has collected bikes to benefit Children’s Home Society kids who might not otherwise get much for Christmas. Last year, the company donated 50 bikes to be given as Christmas gifts to foster children.
The Children’s Home Society, which has staff statewide and has offices in 10 cities across North Carolina, serves over 20,000 families and other clients each year through its programs.