Red Friday is for the troops – The Weekly Vista, NWAnews.com, Northwest, Arkansas. USA

Red Friday is for the troops – The Weekly Vista, NWAnews.com, Northwest, Arkansas. USA
Realtors and employees of Crye-Leike, Realtors gathered Friday July 10 to celebrate the first Red Friday. They have pledged to wear red and wear special buttons every Friday until our troops come home. Buttons are $3 and everyone is invited to participate in the fundraiser to benefit wounded soldiers and their families. (Photo by: Gaynell Belloni - The Weekly Vista)

GAYNELL BELLONI Staff Writer gaynellb@nwanews.com

 

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009

 

Red Friday began at Crye-Leike, Realtors on July 10 and will continue until all the soldiers come home.

 

Realtors and employees pledged to wear red and special buttons every Friday to benefit service men and women through an organization call Operation Homefront.

 

The fund-raising effort will help by giving 100 percent of the money raised to an Operation Homefront community where wounded soldiers and their families can live while the soldier is recuperating.

 

They also offer foreclosure prevention assistance to military personnel.

 

Buttons were sold out at the Bella Vista Crye-Leike office, Kathryn Weldon, office administrator said, but additional buttons have already been ordered and will soon be in.

 

Buttons are $3 each and anyone can purchase them; the company hopes the movement will expand into a community event.

 

“The problems many of us face in our day to day lives doesn’t come close to the struggles our service men and women face,” said Regional Vice President Rob Hatchett, who proposed the Red Fridays community service project.

 

“I especially like the idea that our dollars will be supporting a program that works to ensure returning troops who own a home don’t lose it to foreclosure – or find the assistance to purchase a home and can fulfill that part of the American dream.”

 

For additional information on Operation Homefront, the Web site is: operationhomefront.net. The Crye-Leike, Realtors office is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays located at 3463 Bella Vista Way.