Willis McGahee today announced that he has partnered with the Howard County Association of Realtors to provide over 350 less fortunate children with backpacks and school supplies. The gift has been made possible through McGahee's Charitable Arm, The Willis McGahee Foundation and donations from Realtors and Affiliate Members of the Howard County Association of Realtors.
"I'm so blessed to be in a position where I can give back," says McGahee, "and my partnership with the Howard County Association of Realtors has been invaluable in helping me do this. Not only do they come through in a big way with donations and volunteers, as Realtors they are in touch with the needs of the community at a grassroots level on a daily basis. Once they identify needs, we get together and try to fill as many of those needs as we can."
The Willis McGahee Foundation was established to help underprivileged children in the Baltimore area by providing them with the tools, resources and encouragement they need to become self sufficient young people with a sense of high self-worth. The Willis McGahee Foundation provides toys during the holidays, Thanksgiving meals, school supplies, books, educational material and dental supplies to children in need and their families.
"The Howard County Association of Realtors teamed up with the Willis McGahee Foundation last year to better serve the people who needed help. It has been a very rewarding relationship with great success and an out pouring of support and gratitude," says Kenny Smallwood, HCAR President, "Willis is a great team leader, we admire and respect him. He is a true Humanitarian."
In early 2009, The Willis McGahee Foundation was honored by the Howard County Government for the support of county children and received the "Celebrating Successes for Children Award." In October 2009, McGahee was named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year and will receive the John W. Holland Humanitarian Award in recognition of his foundation's charitable work.
Representatives from The Willis McGahee Foundation and The Howard County Association of Realtors will be delivering the backpacks and school supplies to a Howard County Program called 'Prepare For Success' which will distribute the gift through the Howard County Public School System.