It may be a testament to the networking power of mortgage brokers, or, more specifically, their relationships with clients and community.
Either way, Edmonton broker Yvonne Wilchewski is being credited with saving a Christmas hamper program after initiating a Facebook appeal to replace $3,200 worth of stolen toys. She's now helped raise a whopping $8,700.
"I said to (the program coordinator), 'I'm going to get on Facebook and Twitter and email everybody I know,’” said the Mortgage Architects planner. “As bad as this is, there's more good people in the world than there are bad. So let's turn this into a positive thing."
Wilchewski made good on that promise, hearing back from her contacts with an hour of posting her informal appeal Wednesday afternoon.
The results were donations from Mortgage Architect professionals, referral partners, clients and other individuals. Wilchewski's head office -- Mortgage Architects -- chipped in $3,000.
The overwhelming response comes after the theft of thousands of dollars in toys bound for the Pigeon Lake Child and Family Society went missing from a storage locker in the community, an hour's drive from Edmonton. The charity had planned to deliver the toys, along with other Christmas hamper items, to 60 needy families this weekend.
A well-connected Wilchewski has helped put that plan back on track, using her corporate Facebook account..
"There's a lot of people out there that do care and they care about the needy," Gilaine Porter, chairwoman of the charity, said Thursday. "It's just unbelievable. We're so, so grateful."