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Realtors offer relief to local mom in need.

While most Long Islanders spent Thanksgiving with their families, giving thanks for all they have, Kathleen Campbell, a Lindenhurst mother of four, was distraught at the prospect of losing it all.

The Long Island Board of Realtors' Suffolk South Shore Chapter has spent nearly every day since trying to find a way to help Mrs. Campbell keep her home. Recently, they presented her with a check for $1,000 to help her cover some of her expenses.

A Newsday article brought Kathleen Campbell's situation into the public eye after Campbell appeared in bankruptcy court weeping and shaken. She had signed an agreement with a company called "Save Your Home America," in an attempt to thwart looming foreclosure as she became further behind in her payments. The company did nothing to help her, but did accept monthly payments, which she believed would be used to help save her home.

A single parent, she believed that she would lose her home and her children. Members of the Long Island Board of Realtors' Suffolk South Shore Chapter saw the article and were compelled to try to help.

Since organizing the members of the South Shore Chapter and placing on-line messages to Realtors and affiliated organizations across Long Island, the Chapter has received several calls from concerned Realtors offering help. Through the generosity of Dean Hartman of Smith-Haven Mortgage Corp., the Chapter presented Mrs. Campbell with a $1,000 check, just days before Christmas.

Coordinating with Campbell's attorney Heath Berger, members of LIBOR's South Shore Chapter are vowing to do everything they can to help this family remain in their modest home.

To date, numerous organizations and individuals have come forward to offer their help. Several Lindenhurst businesses have generously offered support for one of their own; among them are the Landmark Grill, Boston Market, Benkert's Meat Market and the Black Forest Bakery. The local Kiwanis Club has also offered to do what they can. An anonymous donor sent a bouquet of flowers with the simple message, "Just to let you know someone loves you."

The community outpour of concern and support has been inspiring, however the public's help is greatly needed and welcomed. For details, contact Bob Sendel, vice president of LIBOR's Suffolk South Shore Chapter, at (516) 277-2220 or (516) 277-0739.

The Long Island Board of Realtors is a 12,000-member not-for-profit trade association serving real estate professionals throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Visit www.lirealtor.com.
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Title Annotation:Long Island Board of Realtors' Suffolk South Shore Chapter helps Kathleen Campbell keep her home
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jan 6, 1999
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