Throughout the entire month of June 2021, agents and staff of Richard A. Zuber Realty collected nonperishable food and toiletry items for the nonprofit organization Veterans Making a Difference headquartered in Reading, PA. The organization is dedicated to helping veterans in need in Berks County.
Items were collected at Zuber Realty’s Boyertown and Royersford offices throughout the month culminating in a special collection held at Boyertown’s Redner’s Market on June 26, 2021. On July 2, 2021, as part of their celebration of Independence Day, Rich Zuber loaded up the Zuber bus with the communities’ donations to present them to the Veterans Making a Difference headquarters.
Collections totaled 2,000 items with an additional $1,321 offered in gift cards or cash. “We are ecstatic at the generosity of the shoppers,” exclaimed agent Vanessa Deskie, coordinator of the project. This year’s donations topped those offered in 2019 when the organization collected 10 grocery carts packed with 1,232 items and included a $100 cash donation.
Giving back to veterans is an honor and a privilege for Vanessa Deskie, real estate agent with Richard A. Zuber Realty and member of Zuber Realty’s Community Outreach Committee. “Generations of my family have served our country,” Deskie explained. “My family’s service includes my grandfather’s and father-in-law’s service in WWII, my dad’s tenure in the army between wars, my uncle’s tour in Vietnam, my cousins’ service in Iraq, and many more past relatives dating back to the Civil War.”
Jody Dolansky, chairwoman of the Community Outreach Committee, applauded the efforts of Deskie’s commitment to the project and expressed gratitude for the generosity of the community. “We were determined to meet or exceed 2019’s donation, and we are beyond thrilled that we were able to do so,” she offered.