Winter is certainly upon us, as are cooler and even colder temperatures.

In response to a great need, agents from the Davis and Woodland Lyon Real Estate offices participated in the company’s annual Greater Sacramento area coat collection. For this collection, our communities responded by donating more than 11,870 coats to be distributed among the various agencies that come to the aid of the most disadvantaged.

This year, rookie agent Luisa Nye spearheaded the distribution of coats collected by the Lyon Davis & Woodland offices.

Historically, the Davis and Woodland Lyon offices have only collected around 300 coats. But perhaps because people emptied the closets after being locked up for months, nearly 800 coats were collected.

Tanner Mohr placed a collection box inside Armadillo Music which generated many donations. Nye had 800 coats to find homes. Now what? She decided to call Viola Fong from JustServe is a free website and app where communities and nonprofits can post their volunteer and in-kind donation needs. Sure enough, Fong had a lot of ideas and contacts based on the JustServe posts. By the time Nye and Fong finished outsourcing agencies and nonprofits, 800 coats didn’t seem like that many.

Empower Yolo, Fourth & Hope, out of Woodland, Davis Community Meals, Davis Winter Shelter, Yolo County Resource Families, Winter’s RISE program, Dixon Family Services, The Salvation Army and the International Refugee Committee were some of the organizations who received coats to distribute.

Last month, realtors Craig Jones of Woodland and Nye were able to deliver coats to Fourth & Hope’s new facility on E. Beamer Street, where manager Charlotte Bowen gladly accepted donations. Other agencies received their coats in the weeks that followed.