ATTLEBORO – Thompson Realty Group has become an integral part of the community since moving here about a year ago.
The business at 272 County St., overseen by Bill Thompson, founder, owner, managing director and broker, has held and participated in numerous fundraisers and other community events over the past year.
Just last Tuesday, TRG, as it’s known, hosted a holiday event that it plans to make an annual one.
There was a free pie tray, pizza, popcorn, hot chocolate and dessert as well as a visit from Father Christmas to hear children’s Christmas wishes, pose for photos and hand out gifts. In addition, there was a raffle and giveaways.
The community service opportunities are all part of TRG’s “Community First” initiative.
“I had been in the real estate business for 10 years, and I felt that something was missing. We made deals and made dreams come true, but something was still missing – the community piece,” Thompson said in an email. “We wanted to be more than a real estate company that only holds home buyer and seller seminars, but an agency that brings people together.
“That’s when I decided to move my business to my hometown, so I could really support my own community, my hometown, and build something much bigger than just doing deals,” said Thompson. “As we close the year, after presenting many initiatives and bringing people together, nothing gives me greater satisfaction.”
The business began by offering $25 from each closing to the Massachusetts Feline Intervention Alliance, which rescues, fosters and finds homes for kittens and cats.
“As a cat lover and cat father of six rescues, it seemed like it made sense to tie that into my business,” Thompson said.
TRG then purchased 500 Girl Scout cookies from a local Girl Scout and handed them out at its grand opening.
“It felt great as we were supporting a local Girl Scout troop, our community and our past customers,” Thompson said, adding the remaining cookie boxes were donated to Hebron Food Pantry. “This opportunity felt so fulfilling and it was a full circle of giving back.”
The Girl Scout also qualified to win a trip to Disney World next year with her troop.
During the city’s Memorial Day Parade, the business handed out reusable tote bags.
At the Attleboro Pride event in June, TRG handed out coffee mugs, tote bags and TRG pride shirts to show its support for the LBGTQ+ community. It also played a part in the Business Expo, with similar giveaways and a raffle.
For the end of the summer, the business rented an ice cream truck and visited neighborhoods on a 16-stop “Summer Wrap Up Ice Cream Truck Tour”. At that time, TRG was promoting its Back to School Clothing Drive.
This fall, TRG had a booth at the Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter’s Harvest Festival, and participated in Attleboro’s Downtown Trick or Treating where it handed out buckets full of candy and more than 200 bags of popcorn.
The following week, TRG hosted Peanut’s Trunk or Treating at its office, with pizza, candy bars from a local Cub Scout troop, and 10 trunks offering various treats. Peanuts, a cat, is the business mascot.
Some other organizations that TRG has been involved with are the Attleboro Council on Aging, where it helped provide education and events, and giving 100 tote bags to Centenary United Methodist Church for their Christmas Bazaar, as well as being a part of many other community events .
TRG also ran contests in its Attleboro Living Facebook group offering free handmade wreaths by a local artist, with donations going to the Attleboro Police Association.
“As we approach the end of the year, we are having a Toys for Tots drive,” Thompson said. “For 2023, we have already planned our calendar of events.”
This includes charity events throughout the year and one community event per quarter.
There will be a coat drive in January, prom dress drive in February, Girl Scout cookie pickup and lazy ride in March, brunch with the Easter Bunny and Easter Food Drive as well as an Easter Egg Hunt in April, and TRG Anniversary Party and Attleboro Memorial Day Parade along with Mother’s Day cookies in May.
Also planned are Attleboro Pride, Attleboro Expo, and summer costume drive in June, return of the ice cream truck tour in July, back to school in August, Animal Shelter Autumn Fest and costume drive in September, Downtown Trick or Treating and Trunk of Treat in October, annual holiday event in November, and toy drive, Attleboro Stroll, and a Council on Aging luncheon in December.
“One of our future plans/goals is to work with the high school carpentry program to put them together a ‘Little Free Library’ to install outside of our County Street office,” Thompson said. “It’s right by the bus stop, so it’ll be perfect for commuters if they want something to read while they’re travelling.”
The business also offers its truck free of charge to residents for moving and transporting large items.