Bringing Smiles and Joy: A Toy Drive for Migrant Workers’ Children

February 29, 2024
8:00 am

A Fathom Realty Agent Making a Difference in Riverside County, CA

Steve Lautenbach, a dedicated Fathom Realty agent in the Coachella Valley, CA, and his partner Sergio Garcia recently spearheaded a heartwarming initiative to bring joy to the children of migrant workers in Riverside County, CA. The duo embarked on a mission to collect toys for the Riverside County Office of Education’s Migrant Education Program.

Bridging the Gap: Bringing Joy to Migrant Workers’ Children

The idea struck them during a drive through Thermal or near the Salton Sea, where they realized these children might not experience the same excitement of new school supplies or toys as other kids. “The children of migrant farm workers probably don’t get very many toys at Christmas,” remarked Garcia, igniting the spark for the toy drive.

Their goal was simple yet profound: to ensure that these children, often overlooked by society, receive the same giddy, gleeful first-day-of-school memories. This drive wasn’t just about toys; it was about bridging the gap and showing appreciation for the hardworking farm workers who play a crucial role in our communities.

The response was overwhelming. Through a concerted effort of contacting everyone they knew, garnering media attention, and receiving generous donations, Steve and Sergio collected a staggering 1,218 toys. These toys were not just items but tokens of love, care, and hope for a brighter future for these children.

The impact went beyond just the toys. Parents expressed immense gratitude and relief, knowing that their children would have a special gift to open on Christmas morning. The joy and gratitude were palpable, showcasing the profound effect a small act of kindness can have on a community.

Steve’s commitment to community service and making a difference doesn’t stop here. He plans to continue the toy drive in 2024, to provide one toy for each of the 1,800 children enrolled in the Migrant Education office in Indio. This initiative has also sparked interest among others, with several volunteers and donors already stepping up to support this noble cause.

Joining Fathom Realty: A Financial and Professional Boost

Steve’s journey with Fathom Realty began in February 2022, driven by a desire to maximize his earnings as retirement drew near. Seeing the potential to pocket an additional $40,000 by reducing his brokerage fees, Steve made the switch to Fathom, a decision that aligned with his long-term financial goals.

Valuable Advice for New Real Estate Professionals

When asked about advice for those starting a real estate career, Steve emphasizes the importance of education, mentorship, and motivational learning. He encourages new agents to invest in learning the intricacies of real estate forms, seek guidance from experienced mentors, and attend motivational seminars to stay inspired and informed.

A Life of Service and Giving Back

Beyond his real estate career and community service, Steve finds joy in volunteering with a local food bank. His service-oriented nature shines through as he engages with patrons, demonstrating his passion for making a difference in the lives of others.

Steve Lautenbach’s story is a testament to the power of compassion, generosity, and community spirit. Through his actions, he embodies the core values of Fathom Realty, inspiring others to join him in creating a positive impact in the world.

Join Fathom Realty: Where Service Meets Real Estate

If you’re a real estate professional with a heart for service, your place is here at Fathom Realty. We’re not your typical real estate firm; we’re driven by a deep commitment to uplift communities through our unique service culture. Embrace opportunities like Fathom Serves, where we stand together to bring about positive change. If you’re searching for a career that transcends transactions and offers a true sense of purpose, connect with us now to learn about Fathom!