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Prairie Village Foundation, local firefighters help kids in need with back-to-school shopping

first_imgConsolidated Fire District No. 2 firefighters helped six local students shop for back-to-school supplies Wednesday. Photo credit Prairie Village Foundation.For the second year in a row, Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and the Prairie Village Foundation have teamed up to make back-to-school time a positive experience for a few local students in need.Working with the principals of schools in the area, the group identified a few families for whom securing back-to-school classroom supplies and clothing would prove a financial burden.A firetruck made the trip to Target. Photo credit Prairie Village Foundation.On Tuesday, six students met at CFD2’s station on Martway and had pizza and got a tour before getting a ride to the Mission Target. (A seventh student will receive assistance later this week). At Target, firefighters helped the students select items from their class supplies list as well as new clothes. After the shopping trip, they headed back to the station for some shaved ice.Prairie Village Foundation chair Ann Lilak said she received the following note from the mother of three of the participants.“The compassion that we received was unforgettable,” the mother wrote. “We feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to school shop with such an incredible group of gentlemen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the chance to have the best school year ever! The event was life changing.”In addition to CFD2 and the Mission Target, Bock Family Dentistry, Finesse Soccer Training Academy, Mely’s Yogurt & Ice Cream and Topper’s Pizza made donations to help put the event on.“If others would like to donate to the third annual event set for next July, please send or drop off donations to City Hall,” said Lilak.last_img read more

Tips for buyers in a sellers’ market

first_imgby. Brendon DeSimoneThere is nothing more frustrating than wanting to buy a home but being unable to through no fault of your own. In many markets across the country, there simply are more buyers than sellers and homes are moving quickly — sometimes for more than the asking price due to high demand and low inventory.Home buying is not as easy as seeing a new listing online, going to view it in person and making an offer. In a seller’s market the gloves come off and would-be buyers need to act fast, think outside the box and be prepared to work at the home-buying process.Don’t use conventional search methodsWith limited inventory and many buyers looking for the same thing, next-generation buyers need to think outside the box. You must assume that every home out there, even those that lack “For Sale” signs, are for sale in this day and age. Work with your agent to look at pocket listings, Make Me Move listings, and expired or withdrawn listings from years past. Look at pre-market homes or “For Sale By Owner” homes that may not be listed by conventional methods like the MLS. If you like a home in your neighborhood, don’t be afraid to reach out to the owner with a personalized letter. It’s worked before. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more