By Barb Kern

The Brenda Wade Real Estate Team and its business partners (All American Title, All Bay Insurance, American Eagle Mortgage, American Mortgage Services, Buyer’s Choice Home Inspection, Complete Choice Insurance, DR Horton, FBI Inspection Group, Fifth Third Bank, Guaranteed Rate, First Home Bank, Hillsborough Title, Jake Moore Insurance, Market Prime Mortgage, Old Republic Home Protection, Osprey Observer, RiteRug Flooring, The Rice Financial Group, United Mutual Funding Corp and Willums Home Services), joined together for the fifth annual ‘Partners in Giving’event. Wade and her agents matched every dollar that was contributed by the partners during the campaign, so together they could have an impact in the community. 

“Our goal was to raise $10,000,” said Wade. “And we were so happy to exceed that amount and donate $11,000 to our local charity Seeds of Hope.”

Seeds of Hope president Leda Eaton was amazed, “I was beyond excited to hear the total amount raised!  It really takes a village to support all that we do as an all-volunteer organization.” In September, Seeds of Hope led relief efforts for Alafia residents affected by flooding from Hurricane Irma. Those ongoing efforts highlighted the commitment the charity has to helping local people –a commitment shared by The Brenda Wade Team. 

Seeds of Hope is known for it’s annual FishHawk Turkey Trot 5K fundraiser and has been in the Brandon/Valrico/Lithia community for over seven years and began with local resident Leda Eaton helping her then high school students receive meaningful community service hours. 

The organization has grown as an organization to combat hunger in three ways by providing: weekend backpacks of food for school children, boxes of food to families on Thursdays, and a weekly mobile pantry aimed at short term food relief.  Eaton is proud of the impact the charity has had, “Before Hurricane Irma, we were a food relief organization.  After Hurricane Irma, we added disaster relief to our resume. It’s not something I ever would have planned, but am so thankful we were there. So many volunteers stepped up. It was amazing to be a part of the overwhelming groundswell of community support.”  

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