Everything was ready to go — our bags were packed, the product samples looked good, and our marketing literature was hot off the press.
But we never made it to Mega Camp, Keller Williams Realty's annual conference in Austin, Texas — and one of our biggest trade shows of the year.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Keller Williams transformed Mega Camp into Mega Relief, a week-long event to help those impacted by Harvey's devastating wrath.
We were able to send four amazing team members down to Texas to participate.
One of those people was Daniel Turner, who works on our dedicated KW sales team:
"This was quite a shocking experience for me," Daniel says. "When we first arrived on buses to the more heavily flooded areas, my first thought was, 'This looks like a war zone.' All along the streets were massive piles of ruined belongings from the houses."
Until this experience, Daniel says he never realized how much was truly lost in a flood.
"If you weren’t lucky enough to have an upstairs, the majority of the items in the houses were totally destroyed. The homeowners we met seemed to have lost all hope."
Daniel and the rest of the crew spent the week tearing out drywall, ripping up carpet and removing damaged materials from homes in Katy and Houston.
"It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, knowing that we were able to help save the structures of the houses that we worked on," Daniel says. "We felt immense gratitude from the victims, and we could tell that we brought a few rays of sunshine to their days after so many weeks of uncertainty and devastation."
Another rewarding aspect was working alongside so many Keller Williams agents. Had things been different, we would have met them across a perfectly arranged table in the marketplace section of the conference. Instead, we helped each other haul, lift and offer hope.
"There was an incredible amount of camaraderie felt between us and the thousands of Keller Williams agents," Daniel says. "We all worked together extremely well, especially considering most of us had never helped in a situation like this before.
"I was so amazed to see that many people step up and help with relief efforts. To see people fly in to Texas from all around the country gave me so much hope and made me incredibly proud to live in this country."
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