Zuber Realty delivers tons of donations to Berks veterans in need

Zuber Realty delivered a van full of donations to veterans in need through a month-long food drive.

Throughout June, Richard A. Zuber Realty called on the community to fill Zuber’s bus with non-perishable food and toiletries for Veterans Making a Difference, a county-based nonprofit of Berks that helps veterans in need, Zuber Realty said in a press release.

“The Zuber bus was stuffed,” real estate agent Betsy Bellantoni said in the statement. “It was really, really full! People came with whole bags of canned goods.

Zuber Realty delivered a van full of donations to veterans in need through a month-long food drive. Liz and Doug Grabill, left to right, founders of Veterans Making a Difference in Reading, greet Zuber agents and, far right, Richard A. Zuber, owner of Richard A. Zuber Realty. (photo sent)

Items were collected from Zuber Realty’s Boyertown and Royersford offices and Boyertown Redner’s Market all month, as well as a special collection day held at the Boyertown office on June 11 and Boyertown’s Redner Market on June 18 . Cash donations, checks or gift cards were also accepted and encouraged.

While the Zuber bus was parked at Redner’s, not all donations came from Redner’s buyers.

“Random people stopped by the bus to donate,” Bellantoni said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t initially aware of the donations from outside buyers – one gentleman in particular – or we would have thanked him more profusely. So whoever you are, consider yourself our hero for the day!

JoCarol Zuber of Zuber Insurance said the agency was also inspired by donating a $500 gift card to Veterans Making a Difference of the Ladies Auxiliary of Liberty Fire Company, New Berlinville.

Zuber Realty agent Vanessa Deskie, who coordinated the project and is a member of Zuber Realty’s community outreach committee, said the agency raised 19% more this year than last.

“It is heartwarming to see the generosity and care that our community shows to our veterans,” said Deskie.

She attributes the increase in community involvement to the donation of free on-screen advertisements from the Boyertown State Theater collection, encouraging people to donate to the food drive throughout June, as well as to social media.

“The help people have provided by sharing information about the food drive has been appreciated and has made this drive even more successful,” Deskie said. “Social media has been a valuable tool in generating support for our efforts.”

Giving back to veterans is an honor and a privilege for Deskie.

“Generations of my family have served our country,” Deskie explained. “My family’s service includes my grandfather’s and stepfather’s service in World War II, my father’s tenure in the military between the wars, my uncle’s tour of Vietnam, the service of my cousins ​​in Iraq and many other former relatives from the Civil War.”

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