Bryan Murphy planned to open another RE/MAX office in Long Beach on Nov. 1.
Then Superstorm Sandy devastated the area. And Murphy’s priorities shifted.
Instead of installing office furniture, Murphy, the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Innovations, was helping victims take wet furniture to the curb. And instead of setting up new computers, he was creating a Facebook page that helped organize volunteers to assist with the cleanup.
“We wanted to lend a helping hand to all victims whose homes were devastated,” Murphy told Wantagh-Seaford Patch.
Murphy’s efforts are just one example of how the RE/MAX Network is helping out in the aftermath of Sandy. Other examples that I came across, include:
• RE/MAX Essential in Wilmington, N.C., has teamed up with some community organizations to collect and ship supplies to churches affected by the storm.
• Anthony Fernandez, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Liberty in Ozone Park, N.Y., organized a significant donation drive to help storm victims. He continues to accept non-perishable foods, water, hand warmers, baby food, diapers and other essentials.
• Broker/Owner Joe Mayo of RE/MAX of New Jersey told the pastor at Grace Calvary Church, a relief center of Long Island Beach, that he wants a list of everything the church needs to continue its relief operation.”
• Karen Symington of RE/MAX Real Estate said her office is working with the mayor of Lavallette to start planning how they can help bring the beach town back to life. When I spoke with her, she had already organized to move the town’s traditional Christmas tree sing-a-long more inland, “just to bring some normalcy back to the residents who live here,” she said.
Our thoughts go out to the families that were affected by the devastating storm along the East Coast and hope for a speedy recovery.