Homes are where their hearts are

Local real estate agents assisting in flood relief efforts


Lynn Mattila, team leader for the Grand Blanc and Fenton Keller Williams real estate offices, and Julie Moen, agent, spent their Saturday afternoon collecting and sorting donations for flood victims in Midland County. Photo by Lania Rocha

Lynn Mattila, team leader for the Grand Blanc and Fenton Keller Williams real estate offices, and Julie Moen, agent, spent their Saturday afternoon collecting and sorting donations for flood victims in Midland County. Photo by Lania Rocha

GRAND BLANC — They say home is where the heart is.

So, when flood waters swept through mid-Michigan on May 19, leaving a swath of destruction across the Sanford, Edenville, Midland and Freeland areas, it broke a lot of hearts.

Now, some local folks who are experts at matching hearts to homes have mobilized to help.

On Thursday, June 4, 75 to 100 Keller Williams real estate agents will put their whole hearts into clean-up and rebuilding efforts.

“We will go to the heart of the Sanford area to help de-muck the homes,” said Lynn Mattila, team leader for the Grand Blanc and Fenton offices. “We’ll get into the nitty-gritty.”

On Saturday, May 30, the Keller Williams First office in Grand Blanc served as a drop-off site for donations of much-needed cleaning supplies and personal care items.

Agents throughout the company’s Michigan and Northern Ohio region pitched in to collect donations.

Eventually, they will collect furniture, household goods and similar items, Mattila said.

“We’re waiting to find out what they’ll need,” she said.

For now, the needs are basic: pet food, baby food, diapers, blankets – new items for now due to the COVID-19 restrictions – mops, brooms, cleaners, soap, shampoo … you get the picture.

“Keller Williams, internationally, has an organization, KW Cares, where agents respond to emergency situations,” Mattila said. “And every year, we shut down one day in May and do community service. It’s called RED Day for Renew, Energize, Donate. But we couldn’t do it this year (due to the coronavirus). However, we felt this was something we could do.”

For updates on the company’s flood relief efforts, “like” the Keller Williams First page on Facebook. There’s also a Midland Flood Relief-Keller Williams account on gofundme at gf.me/u/x3f8ts.

“We are happy to help, whatever we can do,” Mattila said.