Keller Williams Realty has closed all its offices around the globe Thursday, May 10, as part of the annual RED Day initiative aimed to give back to local communities.

Mark Giumarra, Silvano Senzamici, and Maureen Culhane of North Point Properties in Redding helped paint 35 benches in downtown Ridgefield, while others collected food donations in front Keller Williams’ Ridgefield office. All food items will be donated to the Ridgefield Food Pantry.

Downtown Ridgefield purchased all the materials for the volunteers from Ridgefield Hardware, while the town helped power wash the benches before they received a new coat of water-seal paint.

"The town also helped cover up the plaques beforehand," said Giumarra. "A lot of these benches are dedicated to people who served this community so we wouldn't want to paint over their names."

"It's a total team effort," added Senzamici. "And it's very well organized, which enables us to give back to the people we serve."

Up and down Main Street, volunteers can be seen applying new coats of paint to Ridgefield's lovely downtown benches. 

The volunteers aren't stopping in Ridgefield though: They are set to do gardening at Family & Children Aid in Danbury later in the day.

"There are a lot of people in need of our help, and that's why on this day all every year — the second Thursday in May —Keller Williams closes its offices across the country," Giumarra said.

"Across the world," added Culhane. "This is a global effort...We're just happy to be doing our part."