Making a Difference in Colville: Local Real Estate Agents Donate Filled Suitcases to Suitcases for Kids

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The Northeast Washington Association of Realtors urges its members to help make a difference in the community by donating to the local division of Suitcases for Kids program. Donation drop-off by NEWAR is scheduled for February 14, according to one of the donation coordinators and leading local Colville real estate expert Sherri Dotts.

the program aims to provide foster children with suitcases filled with essential everyday items

Local Colville real estate agents are making a difference in the lives of children in need in the community by donating suitcases and supplies to the Suitcases for Kids program. Locally organized by the Northeast Washington Association of Realtors (NEWAR) and assisted by leading Colville real estate agent Sherri Dotts, the program aims to provide foster children with suitcases filled with essential everyday items and things such as toys and school supplies which they can easily bring with them wherever they go.

“Imagine for a moment, if you will, the heartbreak, bewilderment and fear of a child that is removed suddenly from their home, even if it is for their benefit,” says Dotts. “Often there is not enough time to gather much more than the barest essentials which are then placed into a paper or plastic bag, to be sent with the child to a shelter or foster home. NEWAR’s program aims to bring these children a bit of hope by providing a child with the dignity of having their own suitcase and of having their own stuff. This sense of property helps kids maintain their self identity and gives them a measure of comfort in their trying situation.”

Currently in its sixth year, the program was launched in 2005 and Dotts has been heavily involved in it since its inception. She is part of the team responsible for the collection of the suitcases, packing them with items of need, and delivering them to the Department of Social Health and Services, which then takes care of proper distribution. Proceeds from the local annual Real Estate golf tournament also aid in the supplies for the suitcases. Dotts sees her role as a way of giving back to the community she loves and that has helped her flourish in her career in Colville, Washington real estate.

For more information on Suitcases for Kids, get in touch with Sherri Dotts today. Those who’d like to know more about Dotts and her services in real estate-Colville, Washington can also visit her website at

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