Kerrie's Blog: December's Cloudburst Results, WOW!

December's Cloudburst Results, WOW!

The December’s Cloudburst challenged you to give back and/or pay it forward.  All you had to do was brighten someone’s day and boy did you ever!  Our biggest participation for a Cloudburst yet with almost 300 members participating. 

Going through the entries was a gift in itself.  The ActiveRain community always goes above and beyond and December was no different.  I would like to share a few stories and acts of kindness shared by our community.  I have decided to leave everything anonymous as to not over-share anyone’s business. 

You should all feel very proud for the things you did.  And if you weren't able to participate, no worries.  Feel proud to be amongst some shining stars in the world.

Enjoy reading a few highlighted stories.  And if I know anything about our community it’s that these acts don’t just stop because it’s no longer the holiday season.

My Son’s Coat
“I no longer ride around with my son's coat he left in my car 2 months ago.  Obviously, he's not cold, but the old man standing at the freeway off ramp as me and my husband stopped at the light last night had to have been freezing.  We called him over and gave it to him.  He had tears in his eyes.  As I got off the freeway this afternoon heading in from work, there he stood looking snug as a bug.”

The Next Beethoven?
"Donated 4 pianos to families who can’t afford them so their kids can study music."

Locked into Kindness
“A good friend as me to do some locksmith work on his home. He insisted that he pay me and that I not do the job for free. I did the work for him and never planned to charge him, instead I asked him to do me a favor.  I asked him to go to the local Walmart and go to the service counter and use the money that he was going to give me to pay off or pay down someone’s lay-away and then leave a note that if and when they can, do something good for someone else and pay it forward.”

Christmas Tree and Rent Free
“I bought a beautiful Martha Stewart 9ft pre-lit Christmas tree and left it for a family that I heard did not have a tree - along with a box, two gifts each, for their 7 kids.  I didn't leave my name - only let them know this was just a surprise. Yesterday I called two of my long term tenants - they have been with me for over 7-8 years each, and I let them know that I would not be cashing their December rent checks - this month was a freebie - so that they could use the money instead for something they wanted to do. “

Stockings for the Troops
"I helped with Stockings for Soldiers that will provide Christmas stockings to over 10,000 soldiers stationed overseas this year."

DJ Thankful
“While on vacation in Jamaica, we came across a young man selling items on the beach - the interesting thing about him was his voice.  He had a voice made for radio.  We asked him if anyone ever told him he should be in radio he said yes but he didn't have a computer to work with. We just so happened to bring along an extra travel laptop we had, and we gave it to him to start his career - needless to say he was very appreciative.”

Blanket of Love
"I made an afghan to take to the Nursing Center at our Dosher Hospital.  I will take it and give it to someone who is alone and does not have one on their bed."

Homerun Hero
“There was a girl who was really sad, I asked her mom why and she said she was not able to pay to register her daughter for sports, so she could not play. I paid for her registration and told them it was a scholarship for her good sportsmanship last year. I purchased 9 other registrations and had them give them out to families who needed assistance to keep their girls active.” 

Hearts in the Sand
“I was able to get the city of Newport Beach to supply me with grabbers, & bags so that I can do a beach clean up a couple times/week.”

“Sent an 11-y-o autistic boy money to go see Santa at the mall and have his picture taken.”

Home for the Holidays
“We have a local gentleman that made national news after being found alive in a wrecked pickup...after 6 days.  He lost both feet, some fingers and has a feeding tube for the rest of his life. I found him a place to live while he recovers.” 

Littered with Goodness
“We had our trash collected on Christmas Day!  How awful to take these men away from their families on Christmas Day!!!  So we waited until the truck pulled up to pick up our trash and surprised the two guys with $20 each, and told them "Merry Christmas!" and how much we appreciated all their hard work all year in the heat and cold.”

Mug o’ Love
“A collaboration between myself and a supplier. There was a "misunderstanding" on the design of some Personalized Coffee Mugs that I had ordered. They were ok, but not what I ordered. Rather than messing with the shipping charges to return them and then having to get rid of them themselves, we worked out for me to donate them. So far, my Church's Food Depot, the local Christian Mission (along with several other items), and in a few days, the few left will go to a local struggling restaurant that said they could sure use some and my auto-mechanic's shop (replace the dirty ones there).  Although they were to be Christmas Presents to my Clients, I gave them other presents, and spread a little good will to people who needed some help.” 

Rainers Making a Difference
Served hot chocolate to homeless, cleaned out closets and donated clothes, adopted families, started food drives, brought homemade soup to sick neighbors, volunteered at hospitals, shoveled elderly neighbor’s snow, made packages for homeless,  baked cookies for nursing home, cut neighbors lawn, made Christmas dinner for homeless, sponsored children through World Vision,  put up Christmas lights on a house who ‘s residents were unable to do so, wrote positive Yelp reviews for business, made food for family whose loved one was going through surgery,  took neighbor’s garbage cans up to their house, donated to Toys for Tots, animals rescued, bought groceries for the needy at supermarket, donated money, paid utility bills for those in danger of getting shut off, sent care packages to soldiers, delivered lattes to the fire department, cleaned up litter, passed out secret Santa envelopes to random people, cooked warm home cooked meals for people in need, bought $100 worth McDonalds gift cards and handed them out to those in need,  left big tips to unsuspecting wait staff, paid layaway bills at Walmart, left random Merry Christmas notes on car windshields, donated books to library, donated blood, and paid for  tolls and Starbucks to those next in line.

And that’s not even ½ of what was accomplished.  Look at what happens when we just give a little, we change the world just a tiny bit. Thank you to all who participated and continue to keep this behavior throughout the year!


Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 65 commentsKerrie La Guardia • January 06 2014 01:21PM


Kerrie, there is so much need out there and I'm so pleased that so many stepped up!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 5 years ago

That is really heartwarming. My AR community Rocks!

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 5 years ago

Kerrie I loved this contest & appreciate the way it was run.  So many awesome things done by folks on AR, I can't imagine how many people had a better holiday season because of it - makes me proud to belong to this special group.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

What a wonderful contest and I was so happy to participate-looks like Rainers really know how to do unto others!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 5 years ago

And today with the falling temperatures a few of us went together and purchased blankets at WalMart. The local shelter is trying to bring the tent city residents in for a couple of days but if they won't come they are distributing extra blankets.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 5 years ago

Kerrie so many opportunities to pay if forward. It was a magical holiday season and so much more to come in 2014.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 5 years ago

Kerrie- Many great stories, nothing like the feeling of making a difference in some ones life.

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) over 5 years ago

"Wow" is right!  That's fantastic!  Thanks for sharing some of the responses!

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I love that you highlight so much of what the ActiveRain community is doing to give back.  I hope it inspires many more to continue to give when and where they can.  Imagine if EVERYONE did just one good thing a month, what a great world this would be.  Well, it is great already, it would just be even better!!!!

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 5 years ago

No doubt about it, Rainers ock!

Posted by Jeff Stevens, Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties) over 5 years ago

Awesome - this was a very kind, not to mention fun, opportunity to share with others! 

Posted by Erin Bates (CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services) over 5 years ago

Hello Kerrie,

This was a wonderful Cloudburst and heartwarming to read all of the lovely "gifts" Rainers shared.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 5 years ago

Kerrie  Thanks for how you presented this.  YOU ROCK!

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) over 5 years ago

Kerrie~ Thank you for sharing all those wonderful stories. We can change the world, just a little bit at a time!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 5 years ago

Kerrie ...Thanks for everything you do!


Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 5 years ago

Wow!  Thanks for sharing those awesome stories.  My favorite was the person that surprised two long term tenants with a month of free rent. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, it was awesome to read all the creative ways people have given.  And it gives us ideas for throughout the entire year. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Wonderful post.  It is often so easy for us to make someone else's life better.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 5 years ago

Great stories!   It's good to give back to our local communities and practice paying it forward - all year long! 

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 5 years ago

Those are amazing! We do have a wonderful group of givers in the rain. Thanks so much Kerrie for doing all you do for the community. Hugs:) 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 5 years ago

This was the ultimate challenge and by far the most heartwarming.  Some wonderful stories here Kerrie.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, ActiveRain is such an awesome venue that I don't know where to start with the accolades.  Thank you for all you, staff and the ambassadors do each and every day.

 I love every minute I spend here in the Rain.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kerrie- we're a pretty nice bunch here, aren't we!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Rainers are the best hearted people in the world.. Active Rain is a magnet for good hearted people!

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 5 years ago

Awww, this was so nice to read.  I'm getting in mushy in my older age and was all teary.  I love when people do good for others.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 5 years ago

Wow, so many REALLY wonderful things!  Like Kat above, I was getting a little teary.  :)

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie, thanks for sharing some of the great storeis that you received.  It is wonderful to hear how great our community is here at ActiveRain!

Posted by Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Addison Wolfe Real Estate ) over 5 years ago

Hey Kerrie,

I have a late entry for you...

Say hello to the Brand New "Homes for Heros" partner Realtor who will be serving our military, Veterans, First Responders, Educators, and medical professionals with 25% of all commission earned rebated as closing costs, partnering with lenders who will waive or greatly discount their closing costs, working with vendors like home inspectors who will waive or discount their costs on services like inspections, repairs, etc and all to help these special folks to get into homes with little to no money out of pocket. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 5 years ago


These stories and acts are so inspiring.  I wish I had participated in one of these programs.  Instead I YELPed about some the business in my city.  Kinda lame.  Buth the businesses appreciated my actions.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 5 years ago

There is never a bad story when you read about the heart going out to help. The time of year may have been an extra inspiration as well.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 5 years ago

And thats what it is all about. Not only doing and accomplishing but giving back

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I'm sure you could write a book if you were to name all the blessings given by ActiveRain members during December!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful stories of giving.

Posted by Jill Winchel, We make it easy. You make it home. (Royal Shell Real Estate - Koffman & Associates ) over 5 years ago
I think it's just amazing and wonderful that 300 members took the challenge. I'm sure we have some unsung heroes out there, too. Keep this one in mind for next year.
Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 5 years ago

Wow is right.  This was a great contest.  I hope it runs again.

Posted by Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor (REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida) over 5 years ago

Wow. Just WOW!

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 5 years ago

This is what makes AR beautiful. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 5 years ago

Awesome stff Kerrie! What a great idea. Let's do it again!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, wow! more than 300 entries - and think of lots of 'Pay It Forward' you generated through this contest. You are awesome!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 5 years ago

Kerrie ~ I am so proud to be part of this unselfish group here on AR!  I agree, let's do this again!!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 5 years ago

What a great little family we have here in the rain!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 5 years ago

Wow - I love the free December rent - that's awesome!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 5 years ago

Wow, we really have an amazing group here.  These are awesome.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  Rainers are so special.  Happy New Year.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

This is just another example of some of the amazing members here on Active Rain.  I'm proud to be a part of this community.

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 5 years ago

How awesome is that!  Thanks for sharing the amazing acts of kindness.  I love my AR Family!  Happy New Year and Keep spreading the acts of kindness everyday.  

Posted by Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County (NCS Premier Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. This was a great event. In my tradition we give without acknowledgement but I enjoyed reading these.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 5 years ago

Hello Kerrie, those stories are wonderful and should give us some ideas to continue the Christmas spirit into the new year.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 5 years ago
These are really inspiring. I have been absent from this space for too long. Wow, look at what I have been missing!
Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for generating so many positive thoughts due to the challenge!


Posted by Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware (RE/Max Associates) over 5 years ago

Wow - This is the best post to read from all of last year!!

Posted by Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc) over 5 years ago

So nice to read these marvelous deeds. We have many ways to show we care, if only we'd take the time to do so.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

It's not surprising to see agents perform in this manner. Congratulation to all.

Posted by Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona (Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale) over 5 years ago

Such wonderful stories that inspire everyone of us continue to do what we do.  I read every word.  

It takes inspiration when you work from home. ActiveRain has been there for me during the holidays, keeping me "on fire" to tredge onward.  Happy 2014 to you! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 5 years ago

It was a good Christmas.  Thanks for the challenge.  Looking forward to this months.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kerrie You were an inspiration to us all ..With a little tangle of points we did such amazing kindnesses

Thank you

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 5 years ago

Great stories of compassion and humanity.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 5 years ago

Wow, my "Mug'o Love" made The List. I've sent National Pen Company a link since they were in on it...

There are MANY other good ideas that I've made note of for future use. THANK YOU!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, some great stories and I know you and the staff had a great time reading  all the posts.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 5 years ago


What great stories and actions by the AR community.  Sad to say I missed it, but will go do my own cloudburst/pay it forward this month.

All the best in 2014, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 5 years ago

And your gift to us was, essentially, free points for doing what comes naturally.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 5 years ago

Looks like we have a lot of great people on AR-  I am happy to a be a part of such a wonderful community!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) over 5 years ago

I have read many of the post, many were priceless. The community did a great job with the contest.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

Giving is good for the heart, Kerrie.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

I missed out this but these examples of pay it forward are inspiring to read. I do my bit but feel I can reach further.  Great challenge.

Posted by Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax (Keller Williams Select Realty) over 5 years ago