Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Volume 1,037

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message! I trust that each of you reading this email had a wonderful weekend and that you are enjoying the holiday season so far – and the cooler temperatures! I wanted to let you know that our partners with Motto Mortgage are hosting a food drive – Mission Against Hunger on Saturday, December 12th. This will be a drive-through event from 10am to 2pm at our office located on 67th Avenue and the 101 Loop. All donations will go directly to St. Mary’s Food Bank locally. If you are unable to drop off a donation, we have an option to donate monetarily online: clicking here.  

Here are a few of the items they need the most:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Protein (chicken, tuna, spam)
  • Canned Ravioli
  • Canned Fruits (no sugar added or packed in 100% fruit juice)
  • Canned Vegetables (low or no sodium)
  • Dry or canned beans (low sodium)
  • Cereal (whole grain or 100% whole wheat - boxed)

I know that there are many Phoenicians who are struggling right now, and that might be one of you reading this email. We have been blessed to serve this amazing community for more than thirty years and we are here to help – and not just with your real estate needs. If you, or someone you know is struggling this year with the holiday season, please reach out to me directly. We want to help. And on a final note this week, I’d like to encourage all of us to reach out – you never know whose life you can change just by a simple phone call. Let’s make it a great week!


The Christmas Tree Angel from Michigan

When Michigan resident Chad Rose just happened to have an extra Christmas tree that was used on his business’s parade float, he did what any decent person would do: he posted on Craigslist to give it away for free. For some, a tree is an annual necessity and integral part of the holidays, but for many it’s an expense that needs to be saved for daily essentials. After posting the ad, his inbox was immediately flooded with touching stories of why various families deserved to have the tree.

With each e-mail he read, it became clear how significant a simple tree can be in contributing to the holiday aura. One email, which he shared with, read, “Having a real Christmas tree would be such a great blessing this year [because] usually we draw a Christmas tree on a large poster and hang it in the corner.” Realizing that $25 towards a tree was too much for some families to spare, Chad went out and bought 40 more to give away for free. He spent most of the next day going over his list of emails, checking it twice, and not paying much attention to who’s been naughty or nice – just deserving.

But the good holiday spirit in this story doesn’t stop there — Ann Posont of East Grand Rapids read Rose’s Ad and contacted him, not to get, but to give. She offered to donate ornaments and other trimming for the 40 trees he had picked up.

“Going out to gather up more trees after realizing the impact it would have on those in need is just so generous,” she said. “It tells a lot about his character, and makes you want to help.”



“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” - Michelangelo

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” - Alphonse Karr

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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