National Make a Difference Day

In honor of National Make a Difference Day, which falls on the fourth Saturday in October, we have put together a list of easy ways to make a BIG impact in your community.

Help pet owners and animals alike when you donate pet food to Colorado Pet Pantry.

Colorado Pet Pantry aims to keep owners with their pets despite financial struggles. They hold pet food banks open all across Colorado several times a week. At these pet banks, volunteers hand out wet and dry dog food and cat food, leashes, harnesses, cat litter and toys.

Click here→ https://www.coloradopetpantry.org/donate/donate-pet-food/ to donate food to a pet food collection site in your area.

Click here → https://www.coloradopetpantry.org/donate/ to donate financially to Colorado Pet Pantry.

Click here → https://signup.com/Group/27197926080 to volunteer at a pet food bank in your area.

Donate blood to those in need.

Did you know that one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. You can save the lives of up to three people each time you give. Blood donation costs you nothing but your time, and only takes an hour or less!


Where can you donate?

  • Good Samaritan Medical Center – Lafayette, CO
  • Lutheran Medical Center – Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Platte Valley Medical Center – Brighton, CO
  • Saint Joseph Hospital – Denver, CO


Visit www.bonfils.org for more info.
Find out more about Children’s Hospital Mobile clinics by clicking here.


Donate unwanted books.

Ever thought about what to do with those old books that take up extra space in your home? The City of Westminster Library accepts and appreciates donations of gently used books, DVDs , music CDs, and audiobooks on CD with popular appeal. Materials that are not needed for the library collection will be sold in the Friends’ Used Book Store.

Another option is to send them to Books for Africa. A simple name for an organization with a simple mission: to end the book famine in Africa. They collect, sort, ship, and distribute books to African students of all ages. Visit → https://www.booksforafrica.org/donate/donate-books.html to find out where to ship your gently used books.

Books can make a BIG impact in the lives of others!

Are you an organ donor? 

Here are some local statistics as they relate to organ donation:

→ 160 generous organ donors in 2018 made 489 lifesaving transplants possible in our area.
→ 1,684 generous tissue donors provided an estimated 126,300 lifesaving and healing gifts to patients suffering from trauma or disease in 2018 in our area.
→ 2,648 eye donors in our area in 2018 resulted in 2,503 sight-restoring corneal transplants.
→ Nearly 2,000 people in our community are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

To sign up to be an organ donor, it’s as easy as filling out this online form.

Something as simple as helping a neighbor clean up their yard, sending an encouraging message to someone going though a hard time or shopping locally are all small efforts than can make a big impact in the lives of others. Take the time to reach out and care for someone today!

If you’re inspired to give back in a way that feels right for you, www.coloradogives.org is a great resource to find the perfect fit. They list the thousands of local nonprofits that could greatly benefit from your assistance.


Halloween Fun

With Halloween 8 days away, there is still plenty of time to get in on the fun! Maybe you have young children that won’t enjoy trick-or-treating in the dark/cold or maybe you are just looking for some extra festive fun before we hit November… we have you covered! Here is a list of local events that anyone can attend, happening between now and October 31st.

🎃 Thornton High School Trick or Treat Street- 9351 Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80229, Wednesday, October 23rd 5- 7 pm

🎃 Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church & School Trunk or Treat- 6995 W. 120th, Broomfield, CO 80020, Saturday, October 26th 3-5 pm

🎃 Legacy High School Trick or Treat Street- 2701 W. 136th Ave, Broomfield, CO Saturday, October 26th 4-7 pm

🎃 Broomfield United Methodist Church Trick or Trunk Fall Fest- 545 W. 10th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020, Sunday, October 27th 5:30- 7:30 pm

🎃 Adventure Golf & Raceway- 9650 N. Sheridan Boulevard, will host its annual Spooktacular on Friday, October 25th from 5-8 pm. There will be trick or treat stations, carnival games and a costume parade. The evening is geared for the 12 and under crowd. Admission is $2 per child, with $1 off if they are in costume. Adults are free.

Trick or Treat Tips:

☆ Blue Halloween buckets are now being used to recognize when a child has autism or is nonverbal. Read the story of how this came to be here → https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/blue-halloween-buckets-let-others-know-children-have-autism-are-nonverbal?fbclid=IwAR1BXcSH1Ujwidx3exglYD5uOCE8Trzb-FLy2ssPG4s8yI5naBGBaieUibk

☆ A teal pumpkin indicates that you have non-food treats available at your home. This promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. How to help promote the teal pumpkin project:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
  4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family

Why 9 Millionaires Say Real Estate Is Still The Best Investment

According to this article by CNBC, real estate is still the best investment you can make today. 9 Advisors in the The Oracles have made millions by investing in real estate, and they say it is still the best investment out there.

“Owning made me rich.” Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group, podcast host of “Business Unusual,” judge on “Shark Tank”

“Residential properties can generate income year-round.” Bethenny Frankel, entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder of Skinnygirl and BStrong. Follow her on Instagram

“The right investment will continue to appreciate.” Grant Cardone, sales expert, New York Times best-selling author. Follow him on FacebookInstagram and YouTube

“Buying is smarter than renting.” Peter Hernandez, president of the Western Region at Douglas Elliman, founder and president of Teles Properties

“You get six-figure tax breaks.” —Holly Parker, founder and CEO of The Holly Parker Team at Douglas Elliman, award-winning broker who made over $8 billion in sales. Follow her on LinkedIn and Instagram

“It doesn’t tie up a lot of cash.” Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman, a real estate brokerage empire with more than $27 billion in annual sales. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram

“Real estate offers unlimited options.” —Daniel Lesniak, founder of Orange Line Living, broker at the Keri Shull Team, co-founder of real estate coaching business HyperFast Agent, author of “The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent”

“People will always need a place to live.” —Robert Martinez, founder and CEO of Rockstar Capital, a real estate investment firm with over $330 million in assets under management, host of “The Apartment Rockstar” podcast. Follow him on YouTube and Instagram

“You can invest in land that produces income.” —Marcello Arrambide, founder of Day Trading Academy, co-founder of SpeedUpTrader, a funding company for aspiring day traders. Follow him on LinkedIn

If you want to know how investing in real estate can positively affect your life, let’s chat! I’d love to help.

Email me at carolyn@5280coloradohomes.net