Agents at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Los Gatos office spend most of their work days helping clients buy and sell homes. But each year at this time, the agents take time out from their day jobs to help brighten the homes of local families in need over the holidays.

This year was no exception as agents and staff came together to raise $15,000 to buy food, clothes and gifts for 30 local families as part of this year’s American Red Cross Operation Reindeer campaign. In all, the money will help make the holidays a little brighter for approximately 120 local children and their families.

Once the money was collected, agents began shopping, sorting, wrapping and delivering the gifts to families in the Los Gatos school districts who have been identified by teachers and nurses as being in distressed situations.

“Our office has been supporting Operation Reindeer for many years, and it’s still one of our favorite events each holiday season,” said Doug Evans, manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Gatos. “As a business we’ve enjoyed the support of the local community, and we believe it’s only right to give back to those in need in our community – especially this time of year.”

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In addition to Operation Reindeer, the Los Gatos sales associates and staff spend time every holiday season collecting toys as part of Coldwell Banker Northern California’s Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat charity campaigns. The Los Gatos team also annually raises money and helps build homes for low-income families as part of Habitat for Humanity.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Los Gatos is located at 410 N. Santa Cruz Ave. and can be reached at 408.355.1500.