TN and KY EXIT Realty Regional Office Jumps to Action for the American Red Cross

Franklin, TN (Grassroots Newswire) 5-12-2010EXIT MidSouth has made a financial pledge to the American Red Cross for the Tennessee Flood Disaster Fund. This financial contribution is in addition to the many efforts of local EXIT Realty offices and EXIT real estate agents that have been helping families with food, water, shelter, clean up, and the rebuilding process.

EXIT MidSouth has operated the regional sub-franchise for EXIT Realty Corp. International in Tennessee and Kentucky for over 5 years with the regional office being located in Franklin, TN. A week ago this region suffered massive flooding due to two consecutive days of rainfall that exceeded record rainfalls for the entire month of May. EXIT MidSouth has thrived in the recent economy growing sales units by 49% from 2008 to 2009 and a similar trend is already revealing itself for 2010 and thus wants to provide assistance to the families and friends that have lost so much, so swiftly in this flood.

As corporate citizens of Tennessee and Kentucky, EXIT MidSouth has pledged to donate $5 to the American Red Cross for each home bought or sold under the EXIT Realty brand within the region during the month of May 2010 retro-active to May 1st when the rains began. CEO of EXIT MidSouth, Jean Marie Grumbles said, "We know this is but one way to help our great region rebuild from this disaster. We have agents and offices across the states of Tennessee and Kentucky who are working with various agencies in addition to this financial contribution. EXIT Realty is a company built around people. We are a caring and nurturing real estate company and the compassion and dedication to community are evident during this difficult time."

Further to the per-transaction donation, EXIT MidSouth is challenging all 34 offices in the region to donate $5 per transaction from their office and all agents to do the same with a $5 donation per transaction in which they are involved during May. According to Grumbles, "Five dollars may not seem like a lot but as a top 10 real estate company in the entire Middle Tennessee MLS, when we challenge our franchisees and our agents involved in those transactions to match our pledge for a possible total of $15 per sale transaction we are talking about thousands and thousands of relief dollars to the American Red Cross. In light of the scope and long lasting effects that this will have on the region we know that our contribution is only a tiny morsel in the grand scheme of this road to recovery, however, we know that a small ripple in a large pond can still generate great things. That is why we also extend our challenge to other real estate companies and agents to match our pledge to support the recovery and rebuilding of communities involved with this record setting flood."

EXIT MidSouth is challenging other real estate firms in the region and across the country to also make a pledge for the month of May, retroactively. EXIT MidSouth has set up a link on their website for you to make the donation directly to the Red Cross. Visit www.exitmidsouth.com  to make your donation. You can do so $5 at a time or in one lump sum for the month of May and agents do not need to have their companies participate in order to give and are invited to donate at anytime.

EXIT MidSouth will kick-off the donations at training events already scheduled for this week with a collection box for checks and cash to the American Red Cross. The training will be conducted by EXIT corporate trainer Jeff Lobb and the events will be held in Louisville, KY and Knoxville, Franklin, and Clarksville, TN over the next four days as part of EXIT Realty’s MIND-SET Training Program.

Amy Kerr of the American Red Cross has been working with EXIT MidSouth on this effort and provided the following numbers as it relates to what the American Red Cross has been able to provide to the flood victims as of May 10, 2010.

To Date

Shelters Open

32

Shelter Overnight Stays

3,671

Meals Served

56,998

Snacks Served

50,220

Emergency Response Vehicles on the ground

44

Health Services Consultations

1,910

Mental Health Consultations

1,417

Clean-up Kits Distributed

12,548

Comfort Kits Distributed

7,461

Red Cross Workers

1,490

"EXIT MidSouth would like to thank all the volunteers who have taken time to help whether it is a neighbor or stranger. Each person does make a difference in the lives of others.  Thank you," said Grumbles.

Individuals in need of Red Cross assistance can call 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636).

For more information about EXIT MidSouth, please call 615-523-3133. EXIT MidSouth is located at 1441 New Hwy 96 West, Suite 2-81, Franklin, TN 37064.

 

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