BENEFITING: SLBR CHARITIES
Each year the Salt Lake Board of REALTORS® sponsors a “Christmas in July” event for homeless families staying at The Road Home shelters located in both Midvale and downtown Salt Lake City. The Christmas In July event is put together by volunteer REALTORS® and Affiliate members to assure the families staying in the shelter that their community cares about them. “Christmas In July” is a half-day event at the shelter where Santa & Mrs. Claus interact with the children. There are booths for games and crafts, and activities for all ages. Each person receives a backpack filled with supplies including personal toiletry items, toys, school supplies and other items that they most likely would not have at the shelter. Families have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. All are treated to lunch. Normally, we prepare for about 300 individuals staying at the shelter this time of the year; this includes families, single parents with children and/or infants, and single adults. Many of these people have very few possessions (including basic travel bags to transport their belongings in), and they have limited space at the shelter. This year we need help more than ever as the shelter has informed us that again they will most likely be opening their “crisis shelter”; which means they will have more families in need of shelter than they have rooms.