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The real estate professionals of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s Atlantic Beach office have been doing their part to help make life better for hundreds of children living in orphanages in Africa, the company reports. The team at the Atlantic Beach office collected much-needed supplies for two orphanages in Djibouti.

“We hear so many heartbreaking stories about children living in harsh conditions in other parts of the world who drastically need simple things such as hats and shoes,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer. “Our team has a generous heart for helping children and for working to make this world a better place.”

REALTOR® Claudia Berger-Ayer of the Atlantic Beach office organized the collection after learning the orphanages did not have the resources they needed. Berger-Ayer’s husband serves in the U.S. Air Force, is stationed in Djibouti, Africa and was working with a chaplain who was in need of supplies for children age 10 and under. The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices team collected and filled 23 boxes of clothes, toiletries, baby wipes, diapers, toys, nonperishable food and candy. The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ponte Vedra Beach branch office also supported and contributed to the collection effort.

“There are many items we have access to daily and can take for granted, yet for these children they are life-saving tools that are vital to survival,” Berger-Ayer said. “The response from our team has been amazing. Everyone is so willing to help.”

Many also donated money to help pay for shipping and transportation, and Realtor Dawn Niermann helped Berger-Ayer transport the packages to the U.S. Post Office.

“We are proud of our team and their efforts to make a difference,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “Giving back and supporting those who are in need is an important component of our company philosophy. We believe in making sure that where there is a need, we are there.”

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