Thursday, December 27, 2012

Local Food Banks get Donation from Wilkins & Associates

Bushkill - Dennis Mooney, Vice President/Sales Manager of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, along with Marilyn R. Lesoine, Office Administrator for Wilkins & Associates-PROPERTY MANAGEMENT donated 20 spiral hams to each of two food banks in Mount Pocono, Stroudsburg and Bushkill.

Each year Supervisors, employees and Realtors of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates and Wilkins & Associates-PROPERTY MANAGEMENT offer “Casual for a Cause” where for a $5.00 donation the managers, an agent or employee is able to dress-down and wear their favorite pair of blue jeans or casual attire to work on Fridays.  The program is sponsored by the Supervisors and handled by Francine Scouten, Payroll Coordinator who faithfully and diligently each week collects and deposits the money for just these special occasions.  The Company has been hosting “Casual for a Cause” for over 10 years now.

Said Patricia Blank-Toombs, VP/Sales Manager, “For several years we sponsored needy families and purchased Christmas gifts for the entire family who had no money to buy Christmas presents for their children or for that matter themselves.  It was a moving experience each year and one that (I’m sad to say) we looked forward to in order to help those families in need.  Last year and again this year, the Supervisors elected to sponsor foods banks instead of giving gifts.”

While Mooney was delivering his 20 hams to Kate Newman, Director of the Bushkill Outreach program, in Mount Pocono, Marilyn Lesoine was delivering her donation of $200.00 in non-perishable foods to the Pocono Mountain Ecumenical Hunger Ministry located on Church Avenue.  Said Lesoine, “I don’t know who was more excited, me or the Ministry!  I felt so good about giving the food and the Ministry felt so appreciative, we both just stood there and hugged one another to show the gratification and the satisfaction we were both experiencing.”

The Bushkill Outreach Program Mission Statement is that the Outreach Program is to be spiritually lead, a community effort, offering basic material support to their neighbors at their point of need.  We, as a representative of the community believe that the program is vital to our community at large as we strive today to take practical steps to offer support and sustenance primarily in the form of food, necessary clothing and furnishings.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates and Wilkins & Associates—PROPERTY MANAGEMENT are owned by the Wilkins family and have been in operation for the past 25 years throughout the Poconos.  In 2013 the Company celebrates its 25th Anniversary.

The Wilkins organization expects to expand in 2013 to the Lehigh Valley area for property management as well as offering property management in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area with an eye towards opening up the real estate portion of that business in mid to late 2013 or the first part of 2014.

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