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So Exciting - we have "our" Adopt-a-Family assigned

As you might remember from my earlier posts about the Adopt-a-Family program run through Compass Family Services here in San Francisco, our participation in this program is a holiday highlight of mine and most of my family.

This morning I sent the following note to all participants:

Note to our group participants

Can you tell we're excited to be participating again in 2016?

Since our group has grown over the years, my husband has now set us up on Doodle  to help everyone easily choose a gift or gifts without any gaps or lots of duplication. (I'll be writing more about Doodle soon.)

Doodle screen shot

As our group grows, so does our ability to help, so I've requested an additional family of 2. We'll see.

Compass Family Service and their "Adopt-a-Family" program - to me, what Christmas is all about

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 17 commentsLottie Kendall • November 05 2016 01:18PM


Hi Lottie

What a neat thing for you and your family to be doing for the holidy season to help a family in need! Keep us posted!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

This is the 4th year of our involvement with the Adopt-a-Family program Jeff Dowler - I can't imagine not participating.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Lottie -- what a worthwhile charity and I'm sure Melani and Jennifer will be most grateful for your generosity.   I'm impressed with your commitment to this as well as the exceptional organizational skills involved and the element of fun too that reminds us that there is much to be grateful in our own lives.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 4 years ago

Lottie, adopting a family for the holidays makes everything much more fun.  Every year, our staff photographer find us a great family.  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Lottie Kendall - Your annual adopt a family has always warmed my heart and put tears in my eye as I think of how your goal for the season is focused on making it a wonderful time for someone else!  

Bless you and your family as you get organized and work to make the holidays a happy time for someone else that is not as fortunate as yours!  The gift of generosity and compassion is something that others can learn from your awesome example!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) almost 4 years ago


What a great story, and that is what makes Christmas worthwhile and meaningful.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

Lottie it is participating in events like this that make the holiday season even more special.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 4 years ago

Lottie,  Giving is truly a gift to the givers.  No doubt you will get that second small family as well ... and afford your family more fun and joy in the giving.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 4 years ago


Adopt - A -Family is a great community program.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 4 years ago

That is a great program.  Good for you guys for jumping in with both feet.  Nicely done!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 4 years ago

Hi Michael Jacobs - as need continues to grow, so must our assistance. Compass Family Services does a wonderful job of involving us in their mission to help.

Agreed, Patricia Kennedy - I'm sure we get as much out of the Adopt-a-Family program as the recipients do.

Hi Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale  - I'm pleased as punch that the younger members of our family look forward to our annual Adopt-a-Family participation as much as I do.

Yes, it certainly adds meaning to our Christmas holidays, Ron and Alexandra Seigel 


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Good morning, George Souto - after 4 years, I can't imagine Christmas season without participating in the Adopt-a-Family program. It's part of us now.

Hello Kathleen Daniels - I'm hoping there's still another small family that can use some special holiday cheer. While I hate to shop, I don't mind shopping for "our" families at all.

Indeed, Compass Family Services in San Francisco does a fabulous job for those in need in San Francisco, Lou Ludwig 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Belinda Spillman - this Adopt-a-Family program is part of us now--I can't imagine not participating. 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

So very cool, I am sure the family that is chosen appreciates it very much!  My Mom looks forward to doing this same thing every year.  Last year, she was too late in picking a family, so her and her sister decided that having the family be my cousin's family was the way to go.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) almost 4 years ago

Hello Brian England - good thinking on your mom's and aunt's part. There are many ways in which to lend a helping hand.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago

Hi Lottie - Like you, we're big fans of these programs, and always adopt a family at Christmas time. It does make a difference.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 4 years ago

We can't imagine the Christmas holidays with the Adopt-a-Family program, Dick Greenberg  - I'm sure you know exactly what I mean and how we feel.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 4 years ago