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Their office may be in the heart of the Park Cities, but these Virginia Cook, Realtor agents poured their own hearts into helping the December 26 tornado victims located in the midst of the hardest hit Rowlett and Garland neighborhoods.

Under the leadership of Kathleen Schiele, whose Rowlett church swiftly established a Relief Center, the Virginia Cook, Realtor agents donated the funds to purchase a commercial-grade ice machine to support recovery efforts.

“The disaster may not be in the news every day, but we need to remember that needs of the victims are still immense,” said Kathleen. “I am so proud of our Virginia Cook team and their desire to help.”

Participating agents and staff members included Frank Hayward, Chris Papazian, Lasandra Miller, Bob Moran, Cathy Ward, Peggy Jones, Harriet Holiday, Dan Cohn, Bob Spurlock, Suzanne Smith, Annette Rivera, Sherri Baer-Wilson, Greg Pape and Linda Claycomb.

To date, the Virginia Cook agents have contributed to a response that includes serving over 3,000 meals prepared at the Relief Center by a professional chef and served onsite or delivered to the neighborhoods where residents and volunteers are working.

The Disaster Relief Center has also fulfilled over 2,600 resource requests for non-perishable food items, toiletries, towels, bedding, furniture and appliances.

With ReliefCenter volunteers working 24/7, crews of more than 3,000 have accepted assignments to assist residents in the recovery process. The ReliefCenter has also sheltered 20 people who were displaced, hosted counseling services with certified professionals, and even offered Play Therapy sessions for children

 “The silver lining of this tragedy is seeing people from all walks of life, from all over the Metroplex, and even around the world, come to the aid of our fellow citizens,” said Kathleen, listing organizations such as Crisis Response International, Nachama Jewish Response to Disaster, Therapy Dogs International, International Alert Academy, University of North Texas counselors, and World Vision.

  “At Virginia Cook, Realtors, we’ve always said that we put our hearts into the community before we put a For Sale sign in the yard. Here’s another example that we really mean what we say.”

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