About Gary Lundholm

In 2003 Lundholm and business partners Joseph Auzenne and Steven Edwards co-founded The Real Estate Group, which in 4 short years became the #1 full-service real estate office in Hampton Roads. Today, The Real Estate Group enjoys multiple locations strategically positioned to serve all of Hampton Roads.

Toys & Trees for Kids is a Big Success

When December rolls around, it’s time for The Real Estate Group’s biggest annual event: Toys and Trees for Kids…

…an event benefitting EDMARC Hospice for Children and its patients. Planning takes place throughout the year leading up to the event, involving hundreds of volunteer hours donated by many of The Real Estate Group’s agents, staff, and brokers. Trees are purchased, Santa is scheduled, and The Real Estate Group’s Chesapeake office is transformed into a winter wonderland in anticipation of the big day.

Toys and Trees for Kids has grown every year since its debut six years ago, and 2012 was no exception. Over two thousand people came out to enjoy the great weather, music, food, and fun. The children and their families waited patiently for Santa Claus to arrive by doing crafts, listening to the music, and enjoying some delicious food. Some children even got their faces painted or simply ran around enjoying the unusually mild December weather.

Finally, Santa arrived on his most unusual sleigh: a City of Chesapeake fire truck! As soon as the children heard the roar of the horn and the shrill of the sirens, they gathered with eager faces to welcome Santa to the event. After hopping off his chariot driven by Chesapeake’s finest, Santa spent lots of time getting hugs and high-fives before retiring to his workshop. Once there, families lined up for their official holiday picture with Kris Kringle. Some children brought their Christmas lists to share, and many of them also had smiles on their faces and stars in their eyes because they were able to whisper their wishes into Santa’s own ear.

After their picture with the jolly old elf, each family was able to choose either a wreath or a Christmas tree to take home with them. It’s a token of thanks for their patronage throughout the year and for sharing an afternoon during the holiday season with The Real Estate Group. Allowing attendees to choose a gift is also a way of thanking them for their generosity. Because the entire Toys and Trees for Kids event is built around the spirit of giving, each invited guest is asked to bring at least one toy to donate to EDMARC Hospice for Children. The piles of toys that grow and grow over the course of the afternoon are gathered up afterward and delivered to EDMARC’s facilities that same night.

The toys we collect during this event serve a larger function than just providing presents under the Christmas tree for patients of EDMARC. Children receiving hospice services often have to endure long and occasionally painful procedures as part of their treatment. Receiving a toy before a procedure begins can help comfort and delight a child and distract him or her from the unpleasant task at hand. The gifts we collect at Christmastime provide this stock of toys for EDMARC workers to draw from throughout the year. It’s our small way of spreading the spirit of Christmas for many months afterwards, and we’re honored to be able to contribute in this small way.

Serving the community has always been a core value of our company, and I could not be more proud of the way our associates continue to demonstrate that with passion every year during this wonderful charitable event. On behalf of The Real Estate Group, I would like to thank everyone who attends, donates, and supports EDMARC Hospice for Children through Toys and Trees for Kids. We are so grateful for how much it’s grown and for how very generous our guests continue to be every year. Our clients mean so much to us here at The Real Estate Group, and because of all of you, we’re able to truly make a difference in the lives of children in need. Thank you, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

About Gary Lundholm

In 2003 Lundholm and business partners Joseph Auzenne and Steven Edwards co-founded The Real Estate Group, which in 4 short years became the #1 full-service real estate office in Hampton Roads. Today, The Real Estate Group enjoys multiple locations strategically positioned to serve all of Hampton Roads.