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By Bill Gladstone, CCIM, SIOR

It’s that wonderful time of year again, when the weather turns crisp, the lightly falling snow brings a sense of serenity, and happiness and solemnity peacefully coexist. It’s also become a traditional season of giving. But this is not the only time of year to consider giving back to our community.

We live, work, and play in our communities year-round, so our giving and community support should not be a once-and-done event. I know I am guilty of only making giving back a priority during this time of year. The clues and the reminders just seem to be there in greater abundance now rather than around Easter, Passover, and Eid.

Giving is a very personal decision. There is no absolute definition of “giving back” when you search Merriam-Webster. This is an individual reflection. You know better than anyone what giving back means to you. And it should be personal, not what you think others will want to see or expect.

Here at the Bill Gladstone Group, we decided that we wanted to not only give back, but to be personally involved in the contributions. We called it “Five in 10.” We served five charities in 10 consecutive days (Caitlin’s Smiles in Harrisburg, Humane Society of Harrisburg, Medical Outreach in Harrisburg, Hospice of Central PA in Harrisburg, and VA Medical Center in Lebanon). We selected charities that serve the medical needs of the homeless and the poor, sheltered animals, hospitalized children, homeless veterans, and those with life-limiting illness. We talked with the leaders of these organizations to learn what their needs are and then worked to help address those needs. We donated items that would be beneficial to the recipients. All six of us showed up at each of the various charities to learn more about what they do and to lend a helping hand. Without exception, we left thinking this was a great way to give back to our community, while helping to strengthen it, making it even better for our friends, neighbors, and the next generation. “At Medical Outreach in Harrisburg we were able to meet some of the humble recipients,” said Bill Gladstone. Each one of us were able to hand them a hygiene kit, socks and soup to keep them warm and also wish them a happy holiday.” Their gentle smiles reassured us that we were doing something worthwhile with our day.

That’s how we gave back this year, but there is no right or wrong way. Giving back comes from your heart and only you can determine the way you can best contribute to the community. We encourage your kindness in giving back and wish you the success and fulfillment you will undoubtedly find from participating at a higher level.

And never ask yourself, “I’m just one person, how much difference can I make?” Remember, your actions are not singular. Your children, friends, and colleagues will be influenced as they observe the ways you embrace giving back to the community. You can make it happen.

We wish you the best in your efforts!

Bill Gladstone, CCIM, SIOR

Bill Gladstone, CCIM, SIOR

NAI CIR - Bill Gladstone Group

Bill has been active in commercial real estate since 1987 and has been among the top three agents at NAI CIR in Lemoyne, PA for the last 10 years. His continued success is a direct result of the value-added services he provides to all the transactions, regardless of size. As part of a group of six, he oversees the marketing for a revolving inventory of approximately 85 listings and over 300 acres of land. He is a CCIM and SIOR, two of the most prestigious designations in the field of commercial real estate.

Featured in the Commercial Real Estate Review – Fourth Quarter 2019