Realtors shower foster parents with gifts

Wendy Byerly Wood Associate editor

September 23, 2013

Fun and games were mixed with giving and meeting Thursday at Cross Creek Country Club as the Surry County Regional Association of Realtors held a children’s shower for foster parents in the area.

Ellen Peric, president of the realtors group, said typically emails with little fanfare are sent out to members reminding them to bring donations to meetings for the charity being aided.

“But people don’t get excited, so I decided to do a baby shower and send out invitations,” Peric said as other association members inflated balloons and decorated for the children’s shower.

“We told people to bring stuff, but not to wrap it. And we put out a basket for people who didn’t bring gifts to make donations,” she said.

With 110 members in the association and 35 to 40 people attending the luncheons, the gift table for the shower was full of everything from toys to sleepers and coats by the time the meeting got under way.

And to make the shower and monthly meeting more fun, Peric threw in a couple of games for those attending to play.

Each person had a clothes pin at their place setting that they were to wear on their clothes. If someone heard a person use the word “I,” then they could take that person’s clothes pin. The person with the most clothes pins at the end of the meeting won a door prize donated by Lucy Ellen Gwyn of Gwyn Properties.

The second game was a trivia game, with baby pictures of several former association presidents on a piece of paper and those attending had to guess which pictures went with which presidents’ names. The answers were revealed at the end of the luncheon.

Jennifer Faw, treasurer of the Surry County Foster Parent Association, accepted the gifts and donations at the children’s shower. She said there are about 50 children being served by the association foster families right now.

“We want to thank you all so much from all the kids and the Foster Parent Association,” Faw told the realtors. “This is overwhelming, and you all have always been great supporting us.”

The Foster Parent Association from Surry County helps any families serving children from Surry County, even if they are fostered out of county due to families in the county being full.

“We think this turnout is fabulous and the decorating committee did a wonderful job,” said Peric.

Those interested in learning more about fostering children or learning what the foster families need to help the children can contact FPA President Jane Humphries at 320-3288 or contact Department of Social Services.

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