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Blog  ·  November 15 2019


The holidays are fast approaching, and we know there are many families in our community who could use a little help this season. For Thanksgiving, we’ve decided to help Abode broker Melo Hogan collect food and assemble her annual “Thanksgiving Dinner Kits.”

If you follow Melo on Instagram (@melohogan.realtor) you’ll discover that this busy mom and businesswoman always makes time to help her neighbors. In addition to working as a full time Realtor, Melo and her husband Steve pick up food from grocery stores and deliver it to their local food bank -- multiple times per week! You’ll also see Melo and her family making sandwiches for the Rescue Mission, which was where the “dinner kits” started four years ago.

“I wanted my family and I to go to the Rescue Mission to volunteer serving meals, but they already had enough volunteers.” Melo & Steve decided they were going to find another way to help, and the first dinner kit was created. The second year they helped two families, the third year (with the help of lender partners and generous donors) she helped five families and last year, she was able to serve seven families.

Melo constantly inspires us with her selflessness, so when we heard about the dinner kits we knew we wanted to help! Our Abode family has committed to providing at least 24 dinner kits this Thanksgiving.

A dinner kit includes:

1 turkey, 2 boxes of stuffing, 1 carton of chicken stock, 1 container of french fried onions, 2 cans of green beans, a bags of potatoes, 1 large can of cream of mushroom soup, 2 cans of cranberry sauce, 1 bottle of sparkling cider and 1 pumpkin pie.

If you’d like to help, here are some ways you can get involved:

DONATE $$$: If you’d like to make a monetary donation to fill a box the cost is $70.

You can Venmo Melo @MeloHogan. Please be sure to include in the description that it’s for the Thanksgiving Dinner Kit - turkey emoji encouraged!

DONATE TIME: If you’d like to donate your time, we could always use a helping hand! We’ll be having a packing party at Windermere Abode on Sunday, November 24th from 1-3 PM. We’ll need help wrapping boxes and getting them prepared with the dinner kit items.

We will also need help picking up turkeys and making deliveries to families. We’ll be meeting at Abode on Monday, November 25th at 1 PM.

Windermere Abode

2200 North 30th Street, Suite 102

Tacoma, WA 98403

Questions should be directed to Melo Hogan at 253-304-8058 or Kaitlyn Marty at 253-678-2449.

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!