Sure, all real estate firms will help you buy or sell a house, but can you name a company that will lend a free van to help you move? The answer to the question for many people in Redding, California is Re/Max 5 Star Grotting and Associates. Dennis, Meg, and Chrissy Grotting not only have the van, but they also have a local radio show where they share information and tips about real estate. “We like to go the extra mile for our clients,” says Dennis. “If that means providing a van, or providing counsel on the air, we do whatever we can for people.”

In a business where so much is done face-to-face, the Grotting’s had a difficult time during the worst of the pandemic. “It certainly changed the way we show homes,” says Meg. “We lost business during the first year of COVID but are very hopeful that things have turned around this year.”

To help celebrate better times, the Grotting’s are excited to utilize Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project and share their joy with customers. That is why they are hosting a thank you party for customers in the community and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “We are passing it on by holding a customer appreciation party with 75 folks at our favorite local restaurant,” says Chrissy. “It’s been such a hard couple of years, but with Columbia Bank’s generous gift, we are going to show our wonderful customers just how much they mean to us.”