This year, we were privileged to hear about many Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agents and offices that committed to giving back to their communities. A few stories in particular really stood out, such as Susan Stearns, an agent from our Calabasas office who won the 2015 Good Neighbor Award for her many years of work with New Horizons, and the agents from our La Jolla office who propelled down the 40-story, 497-foot-high Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego for brain cancer research.
You can find even more examples of our agents and offices giving back to their communities in our 2015 Charitable Roundup.
A story that really touched our hearts came from Dianne Merryl of our Encino office, who shared a story about her sister, Lisa, and her nephew, Justin. Lisa adopted Justin when he was just an infant through the county of Los Angeles. The adoption included a very intense training and certification process with the Children’s Bureau, an organization that Dianne says is “truly amazing.”
This year, the Encino office participated in a toy drive for the Children’s Bureau, collecting gifts and toys for parents who could not afford to buy them. Justin, now 7, and his aunt Dianne brought all of the donated toys to the bureau, including one hat Justin himself picked out and bought using his own savings.
“Justin has brought nothing but joy and love to my sister and our family,” Dianne said. “He is ‘that kid’ that all the other kids want to be like and hang out with. What makes this story so special is that Justin now has the opportunity to give back to the very place that gave him an opportunity for an incredible life.”