Help make this a holiday to remember for a child less fortunate! Please donate new unwrapped toy to one of the two Willow Glen San Jose Toys for Tots drop off locations, sponsored by Sara Greenwood Real Estate for the U.S Marine Corps Reserve.
Help spread the message of hope to less fortunate youngsters, through the gift of a NEW toy during the holiday season.
Drop off location #1: The Garden Theater – 1165 Lincoln Avenue. Collection boxes are at the front and the rear of the lobby
Drop off location #2: Sereno Group – 1100 Lincoln Avenue #170
Remember to support small businesses on the avenue and shop locally!
They are all proud members of the 1% for the Planet organization. All members contribute at least 1% of their total sales – not just profits – to environmental causes. Sara Greenwood Real Estate is proud to announce their membership with this inspiring organization. Member #2715
When: Sunday, December 11, 2011 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Where: Treehouse in the Glen
1275 Lincoln Ave, Downtown Willow Glen, San Jose
A few weeks ago I received a frantic call from “K”, a renter in San Jose. She has been renting a single family home for a few years, and the home owner just gave her 60-day notice because he will be putting the house on the market. K’s story is unique and very heartbreaking, and very much worth sharing.
K is a young woman that has a heart of gold. She is college educated, very smart, and compassionate and has an absolute love for animals. While attending Berkeley she was a huge advocate for shelter animals and would foster them and adopt them out to families. She has literally rescued and fostered over 1,000 animals, mostly dogs. K moved down to San Jose to pursue a career in social work, working with mentally challenged young adults; her real dream is to continue her education to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She found a great little pet-friendly house in the Cambrian area and moved in with her 4 dogs [and 2 egg-producing chickens].
Over the course of living in this house, her oldest and soul partner [dog] Fred became blind. One would say that Fred is not much to look at, and K calls him a “hot mess”, but he is the absolute love of her life. Fred is a senior dog with milky eyes, crooked teeth and an under bite; he has one ear that sticks up and the other flops down and he's got a belly of adorable spots. Fred is the sweetest dog and loves his human unconditionally. K is keeping it together as well as she can, but she is so afraid of what will happen to Fred when they have to move out of their home. Because of Fred’s blindness, their home is the only place that he can get around. He knows every corner, every door, and every nook & cranny in the house.
When I heard K’s story, I wanted to help her so much!! I am an animal lover, have 3 dogs of my own and can feel the connection to K. She is very kindred to me. I have never considered myself to “own” dogs, but instead feel like I am a human owned by dogs. The unconditional love that dogs give us humans and the lessons in life that we can learn from dogs are remarkable. From here on out, I will do everything that I can for “Mission Fred”.
K, in her desperation and panic of the news that she was going to be displaced from her home, did not know what to do, or where to go. She jumped on YELP, looking for anyone that she could that would help her. Her first thought was, “maybe I can buy the house”. She came across “Sara Greenwood – Realtor”, saw my raving reviews by my wonderful clients and called me. I believe that the connection was destined. She didn’t know anything about me, but I was the first call that she made. I immediately called my friend, fellow dog lover, and preferred lender, Andrew Soss at Stewart and Soss Mortgage. If you have ever visited Stewart & Soss Mortgage in Willow Glen, you would have noticed a few furry companions with offices: Sarah and Baxter, both rescue dogs with pampered lifestyles. Andrew and I sat down with K and her family to find out if it would be possible to buy the house in Cambrian so that Fred could have a comfortable life and wouldn’t have to learn how to find his way around another home.
Unfortunately, living as a single person on a social worker salary, and not having a down payment secured for a $500,000 home in San Jose is not going to work for K and her family, but I am still searching for properties for sale and rentals. K’s mother, who is just as wonderful a person as K visited with Andrew and I this past week to offer a generous contribution, but it’s not enough to get her into the house. I cannot rest until my mission is complete. If you know of a pet-friendly rental, or can help in any way for Fred and K, and the rest of her family (Daisy, Marley & Indie, plus Saucy & Bossy the chickens) please let me know. K is a beautiful human being and is a truly one-of-a-kind person; she has become so dear to me.
This is for you Fred!!
Come hear inspirational stories about animals in our lives and join in on a private tour of their new facility.
Cocktails will be served from 6-7PM with the event beginning promptly at 7PM.
We hope to see you there!
-The Rainmaker Team