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My girlfriend Kelly Willey makes an excellent point. I am so happy she was kind enough to make this available for a re-blog. Please think about donating to charity to help people in need. Even if it is only a dollar. Your dollar is more than what some people have...


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I am leaving in one week to work with the impoverished haitian refugees of the Dominican Republic. I struggle with their living conditions. Most have no running water and what they call a house is usually just a collection of trash fastened together. The next time you think your house isn't nice enough or needs a new bathroom remember there is a large part of the world that has NO bathroom and never will. Imagine living your entire life without running water, it maight make you appreciate your outdated bathroom more.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Micah Missions, 100% of donations goes into the country with me next week. You can use Paypal....MicahMissions@gmail.com


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I have lived in Maryland all my life and been an active real estate professional for the last 20 years.

 If you have a home to sell in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County or Cecil County call an agent that knows the area and works hard to make you a satisfied client. I specialize in Bel Air, Abingdon, Aberdeen, Forest Hill, Perry Hall, North East, Kingsville and the entire I95 corridor. For 20 years I have helped people buy and sell real estate and specialized in REO and foreclosure properties for investors and homeowners.

 When I am not helping my clients with their real estate needs I enjoy spending time with my family and my Pomeranian Zeke, bible study, gardening and foreign mission work. In 2007 I founded Micah Missions a non-profit company designed to raise awareness and funds to assist the struggling Haitian refuges in the Dominican Republic.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 21 2008 10:42AM


Carolyn, It is very sad to think of people living in these conditions. I love the wonderful smile on the face of the child doing the handstand.  Have a great day ~

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) about 12 years ago

C - According to the Global Rich List, if you made $10/day ($3650/year) you would be in the Top 15% of the highest paid people in the world!  It only takes $33,700 / year to put someone in the Top 5%.  As you mention, a few dollars can make a huge difference to many people.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) about 12 years ago

Wow that is so sad!

Posted by Raylene Lewis (Century 21 Beal, Inc.) about 12 years ago

This is just amazing.  Thanks for re-posting as I would have missed it.  Makes you humbled a bit, eh?  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, we have been involved in Mission programs for years through our church.  My hubby goes on building campaigns where they have an area identified and literally build several homes during the week or so that the team is there.  Another team will piggy back and finish where the first left off.  I love the process b/c volunteers can do the work they prefer and still help.  Some friends go down on the medical side of the mission, others chose to go during schooling trips.  It is important to remember that HOME is where one hangs their hat.  What may seem poor to us, can be a sense of pride to another.  The child standing on her head reminds me of my oldest son, he never could resist the chance to clown around for a picture.  thanks for sharing cheryl

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) about 12 years ago

C - thanks for posting this. I was not aware of this organization. I will be hitting paypal shortly.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

C - A home is shelter, refuge from the elements and a safe haven--and those pictured fail to meet those basic requirement.  It doesn't take much to make a difference--a few dollars we will never miss can change a life.  Want to feel powerful--donate time or money and change the world.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 12 years ago

Shirley, it certainly helps me appreciate what I have.

Erik, very cool information. Thanks for the link.

Yes, Raylene, it most certainly is...

KM, definitely humbles one...

Big Mike, you and me both.

Thank you, Norma. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

My parents told me an interesting story recently that the pictures of that house brought to mind. Apparently in Durban, South Africa, the road from the airport to downtown passes through an extremely poor area of the city. Knowing that they would soon have a lot of visitors for some big soccer event, the city officials decided to hide the embarrassment of the poor area by erecting metal siding up all along the freeway. They forgot, however, that the poor are used to being extremely resourceful, and within a few days, all the siding had been torn down in order to provide new roofing in the shantytown. I hope the trip was everything Kelly hoped it would be!

Posted by Carey Pott (January Financial) about 12 years ago

Dearest Carolyn:

Your point is very powerful. If everyone on ActiveRain gave just one dollar I could take $115,910.00 to the children. I could buy a lot of rice and beans with that.

Sadly to say I have only had one person from AR make a donation Tanya Venable made a $40 donation, God Bless her. I hope to do something special for a child with that $40.

God bless you too Carolyn, as I know He does...

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Posted by Kelly Willey, Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND) about 12 years ago

Hey Kelly, you will have more donations. I've been collecting a few bucks in real life and will post what ever I get by Nov 1.

I didn't want to say anything until I got finished twisting a few arms, but since you're keeping track of the AR jammies I might as well give you a heads up (LOL). It wont just be from me though, so I will post a list of names when I make the paypal payment. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carey, very interesting illustration of resourcefulness (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kelly and C, not sure how I missed this one.

Almost 2 years ago I saw, on Oprah I think, that most Haitians live off of less than $60 a year. I was in awe. It is unbelievable. I was so glad to find one of Kelly's earlier blogs and be able to donate.

Kelly I think your organization is great. I know that you if keep up with the work you are doing you will impact generations to come.

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant almost 12 years ago

Hello C: Thanks for sharing Kelly's post, I might have missed it if you hadn't.  Selfless people such as Kelly are too rare in this world... May God richly bless her and everyone else who gives of themselves in this way to help others who are less fortunate than they are!

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) almost 12 years ago

It is amazing what most of us take for granted.  I live close to an area with homes that are almost in that condition and it is always sad for me to drive by them.  I cannot imagine a human being living in those conditions.

Posted by Chastity Guevara (Camelot's Quest Realty) almost 12 years ago

Tanya, thank you for the donation to Kelly and for your kind words.

Cheryl, you are very welcome.

Chastity, it's hard. We sometimes have no idea just how difficult another person's life truly is.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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