Daddy Dolls, Inc., Byte Sized Moments, and Homes by Kelli are excited to announce the 2015 Hug-A-Hero® Holiday Salute.
Kelli Salter, Broker/REALTOR® is the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 Hug-A-Hero® Holiday Salute.
Deployments are tough on children, especially during the holidays. That is why the Hug-A-Hero® Holiday Salute is so important to Kelli. She knows firsthand how difficult this can be. Kelli’s husband, Michael, has proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years and has been already been deployed four times. Watching her son say good-bye to his daddy is heartbreaking. Keeping Daddy close is even more important during this time which is why Kelli’s son has his own Hug-A-Hero® doll. Kelli is even more excited to be able to share this experience with 100 other children who have a Mommy or Daddy deployed this Christmas.
The Hug-A-Hero® Holiday Salute will give 100 Hug-A-Hero® dolls to local military children who will be separated from a deployed parent during this holiday season. To add to the experience, each Hug-A-Hero® doll will be hand delivered along with a personalized video message recorded by the deployed parent. Better yet, as the child is viewing the video and receiving their gift, their reaction will also be captured and sent to the deployed parent so they may share in the experience.
“I am delighted to be the exclusive sponsor of the 2015 Hug-A-Hero® Holiday Salute. As a military family, we understand the sacrifice of having to spend the holidays away from our loved ones. I hope each one of these children enjoy a special connection with their deployed parent this Christmas season.” – Kelli Salter
Click here to submit your entry for the Hug-A-Hero® Holiday Salute.
Kelli Salter Earns NAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification Military Personnel and Veterans Benefit from
REALTOR® Expertise in Military Benefits, the Relocation Process, and Support
Jacksonville, NC, November 15, 2015 —Kelli Salter with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification. The National Association of REALTORS®confers the MRP certification to REALTORS®who want to help military personnel and veterans find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.
When military staff and their families relocate, the services of a real estate professional who understands their needs and timetables can make the transfer easier, faster and less stressful. REALTORS® who earn this certification know to work with active duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans.
“Homeownership is an important part of the fabric of America, and having a stable home environment is vital when men and women of the military are called away to serve their country. Working with a REALTORÒ who understands specific needs and timetables related to military service will help make their transfers easier, faster and less stressful,” said NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty, in Villa Park, Calif. “The Military Relocation Professional certification will help REALTORSÒ hone their knowledge and skills for working with veterans and active duty military buyers and sellers to ensure that homeownership remains affordable and accessible to them.”
The certification provides NAR’s members with resources to accommodate current and former military service members at any stage of their military career, and is an approved elective for NAR’s Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®) designation. To earn the MRP certification, REALTORS® are required to be in good standing with NAR; complete a one-day MRP certification core course; complete a pre-class readings to learn military background information and better understand important acronyms and military culture; and complete two webinars. For more information about the MRP certification, visit http://www.militaryrelocationpro.org
My view of the world changed on March 10, 2015. I was sitting in my office at my parent’s house early that morning. My dad walked in and said “There’s been a helicopter go down in the Gulf. The local news is saying there were special operations Marines in the aircraft.” My heart immediately sank. “Special operations” and “Marines” can usually only mean one thing — MARSOC. As the local news began to gather at the crash site, we began to see pieces of the aircraft wash ashore. We prayed and prayed for their safety, for their families, and for the MARSOC community as a whole. I knew in my heart that if there was anyone who could have survived the crash, it would be these guys.
My husband and I grew up about 60 miles from the site of the crash and my husband was deployed with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at that time. Our hearts crumbled. This was the closest I had ever been to death in the military. I knew it was my responsibility as a fellow MARSOC wife to do something to help these families. They were our friends, friends of our community, and our kindred spirits. I found a local race supporting military heroes and signed up to be a Miles for MARSOC athlete. On April 4th, I ran a 5K in support of the MARSOC Foundation. Through my fundraising I raised more than $8,000 for the Foundation, including a corporate sponsorship to have the names of the 7 MARSOC Marines engraved on the memorial at the MARSOC headquarters in Stone Bay, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. I have participated in a lot of races in my lifetime, but this one was different. I hadn’t run any since the birth of our son and it was a struggle, but all throughout the race I kept going and telling myself “we will not leave these families behind.” You see, one of the Raiders’ sayings is “Never Above You, Never Below You, Always Beside You.” I felt the spirit of the community as we ran that day. The true spirit of 7 warriors who left behind families and a community who love them dearly.
You can support the MARSOC Foundation to continue helping these families by visiting the link below or you can support the funding for the monument at Navarre Beach in Florida to commemorate their lives. If you can’t give, please continue to pray for their families.
Escoba Bay is one of Sneads Ferry’s premier communities. The community boasts a beautiful clubhouse, community pool, community playground, equestrian facilities, and a boat ramp for the residents. The facilities also include a boat and trailer lot for residents use.