Paige Schulte. Courtesy of Paige Schulte

Gig Harbor realtor Paige Schulte donated $15,000 across 10 local charities and organizations last month through her Chelsea Paige Foundation, Schulte announced in a press release.

“This year our giving looks a little different since schools are not in person, so I’m proud to say $15,000 was donated to these amazing local charities in August,” said Schulte in the release.

According to the release, the Gig Harbor community beforehand nominated and voted on charities for the Chelsea Paige Foundation to donate to. The top five winners (Pioneer Elementary School VPO, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, Heartwood Haven, United Angels Foundation, and Harbor WildWatch) received $2,000 each.

Donations of $1,000 were given to five honorable mentions (Prison Pet Partnership, Gig Harbor Police Department Holiday Heroes, Communities in Schools of Peninsula, CHEW Dog Rescue, and the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank).

“The creative collaborations in the name of giving back are one of my favorite hobbies and a great way to create friendships in the community all while paying it forward,” said Schulte in the release.

Per the release, the Chelsea Paige Foundation donates to over 18 charities every year. For 2020, there was more of a spotlight put on charities who saw their demand increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.