Empty Bowls Fundraiser

19th Annual Empty Bowls Event

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

19th Annual Empty Bowls Event

We are excited to be a part of the 19th annual Empty Bowls event at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, NC. We look forward to this community fundraiser year after year as it aids our local non-profits Hope Mission and Martha’s Mission Cupboard, to fight hunger, promote rehabilitation from drug addiction, and offer supportive and safe housing assistance to those in need.


19th Annual Empty Bowls Event

This year’s contributions will benefit the mission’s men’s and women’s homeless shelters, as well as the expansion of the Meals on Wheels program. Our local craftsman, high school students, and volunteers inspire us by creating such beautiful handcrafted bowls. Visitors who purchased a ticket were given a bowl of their choice and treated to lunch. Carteret Community College culinary students prepared delectable soup, bread, dessert, and a drink for everyone to enjoy.

We look forward to participating again next year and hope to see you there as well!

19th Annual Empty Bowls Event


19th Annual Empty Bowls Event

Giving Back

To learn more about how we serve in our community please take a look at the Community Outreach articles on our blog.


2021 Bluewater Community Outreach

2021 Bluewater Community Outreach

In the year 2021, Bluewater’s community outreach touched many lives. It is no secret that Bluewater Real Estate is one of the Crystal Coast’s major employers, but did you know that our volunteer work overwhelmingly comes from Bluewater agents? Often considered the heart of our community, our real estate agents are always finding ways to give back. Our real estate agents are often considered the heart of our community. Agents are involved in charitable donations as well as many fundraising efforts. Moreover, each agent that works with Bluewater has a long history of working with local organizations and different causes. From baking cookies for local heroes to making holiday food baskets, Bluewater’s initiative to grow and continually increase awareness of causes that are dear to our hearts is on our minds. 

2021 Bluewater Outreach

 2021 Bluewater Outreach

In 2021, Bluewater Real Estate’s local charitable contributions reached in excess of $53,000.  As a large company along the Crystal Coast, we feel that it is very important to give back to a community that has helped us become who we are. Above all, we want to give a warm thank you for choosing Bluewater Real Estate and Vacation Rentals.

We extend our gratitude to all of our agents, clients, rental department, and tourists for donating your time and giving. 

In 2021, Bluewater donated and volunteered for the following organizations and charities: 

Again, we are so thankful to our community, clients, agents, and everyone who contributed in the year 2021. Be on the lookout this coming year for ways to contribute back to our community as we continue our charitable contributions and sponsorships.

Cookies for the troops banner

Join Us for Cookies for the Troops


Bluewater Real Estate is proud to be an official drop-off location for the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cookies for the Troops.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) collects and delivers donated home-baked or store-bought cookies to service members who are stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, and Coast Guard Stations Fort Macon and Emerald Isle North Carolina.

We invite you to drop off your favorite cookies to be included in our donation. Drop off times are between December 13-15, 2021 9 am – 5 pm. Our drop off location is at our Bluewater Real Estate Office 200 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle

Cookies do not need to be individually packaged as MAC Committee members will package a selection in each bag. If your cookies are allergy-free, such as no nuts or gluten-free, please mark that on your donation.

Holiday cards are also appreciated. The treats will be delivered on Thursday, December 16. Donations will not be accepted after December 15. A big THANK YOU to our dedicated Military Affairs Committee members; Pegi Davis, Cathy Gainey, Sharon Salmon, and Kristie Elliott.

Bluewater's Cookie for the Troops Drive

Other Area Drop Off Locations:

  • Chamber of Commerce –33322 Bridges Street, Suite 6, Morehead City
  • West Town Bank and Trust –804 Arendell Street, Morehead City
  • Hilton O’Neal, Edward Jones –601 Cedar Street, Suite B, Beaufort
  • M.F. Chappell Wine Merchant – 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Suite 12, Atlantic Beach
  • Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce –203 Church Street, Swansboro

Want to Treat our Troops Without The Hassle of Baking?

You’re in luck! Slice Bakery in Morehead City is once again baking special batches of cookies for “Cookies for the Troops.” Cookies are $16.95 for two dozen assorted cookies and they will be delivered to the Chamber of Commerce for you. Simply place your order online at, on their Slice Bakery’s Facebook page, or by calling (252) 497-8919. Orders must be placed by 5:00 pm on December 15.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

As a part of the Bluewater Annual Tradition, we participated in another year of Operation Christmas Child. With Jordan Daniel’s 4-year-old, Macon, leading the charge! Macon put together 22 boxes and filled them with toys for boys and girls to open on Christmas Day this holiday season.

Bluewater as a whole, put together 48 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We thank all those who helped and worked to make this year the best one yet!

Join us in our efforts to make this holiday season the best yet for these children by building a shoebox for a child in need: Operation Christmas Child

Help Rebuild the Dunes with your Christmas Tree

rebuilding the dunes after storms

If you’ve been looking for a way to help save the dunes, especially after Hurricane Florence, we’ve got a simple and easy tip – help rebuild the dunes with your Christmas tree!

Help Rebuild the Dunes with your Christmas Tree

sand dunes, rebuilding the sand dunes

Still Battling Back from Hurricane Florence

There’s no hiding the fact that the last quarter of 2018 was a whirlwind for thousands of people along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. If we all learned a lesson since Hurricane Florence, it’s how truly incredible of a community we live in. Neighbors pitched in to clean their communities, volunteers stocked and distributed household goods for those in need, and town governments got right to work hauling away debris. It’s safe to say that we’re coming into 2019 with a much stronger and resilient sense of community than ever before.

Beach Dunes Never Breached

With all that being said, the beach is still the major factor in driving tourism traffic to our coast. Even with the significant storm surge and winds, there was no reported breaching of the dunes. They did their job and stood tall to protect our properties, homes, and local businesses. It’s clear now more than ever that it’s time to rebuild these sand dunes back up to the point they were in prior to the storm. Believe it or not, but donating your Christmas tree is an excellent opportunity for you to help restore our shoreline. When left on the beach, Christmas Trees take almost an entire year to decay. Winds coming off the ocean transport blow sand up the beach, which can become caught in the branches of the trees. Hopefully, by the time the trees are decomposed, they will be buried in migrated sand, thus expanding and strengthening our sand dunes.

What You Can Do To Help Rebuild The Dunes

christmas trees used to help rebuild the dunes

Atlantic Beach Residents –

The AB Public Works Department will be picking up Christmas Trees for Dune Restoration from now until Monday, January 14th. Simply place your Christmas Trees out on your curb and they will come by to pick them up and use them to re-nourish the dunes.

Emerald Isle Residents –

Oceanfront homeowners and residents are permitted to place trees along their dunes to promote sand accretion and are welcome to do the same with any collected from their neighbors. The town asks that you please be careful to not impede on Public Access Points and vehicular accesses on the beach strand.

Other Residents –

The Bogue Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will be collecting trees at the Eastern Ocean Regional Beach Access (2701 Emerald Drive) up until Friday, January 11th. The group will distribute the trees along the dunes areas most affected by the Hurricane. If you’re unable to bring your tree to the location- send them a message on Facebook and they may be able to come out and pick it up for you.

We Appreciate You Doing Your Part to Help Rebuild the Dunes

Thank you for your help in restoring our shoreline. There are bids out for dredging and re-nourishing the entire beach within the next two years, so with your assistance, we should continue to enjoy a wide and beautiful beach strand for many years to come.

Slime Time Challenge – Raising Money for Local Organizations

Property Damage Relief Workshop Recap

Hurricane Florence Property Damage Relief- Recap

We just want to give a Huge THANK YOU to all of the vendors we had speak at our Property Damage Relief Workshop on Saturday, February 23rd. We appreciate all of your support, and are grateful for the opportunity to organize such an impactful event for our community. To all of the attendees who took time out of their schedules to learn with us- We wish you all the best of luck, and encourage you to reach out to us, or any of the speakers for more advice as you continue to recover. For those that couldn’t make it, see the list of those local resources below and reach out if you are ever in need of their services.

Lynn Anderson & Linda Rice – Stearns Lending
Jonathan Hughes – East Coast Restoration
Ron Hicks – Public Adjuster
Mike Hancock, Insurance agent, Farm Bureau in Beaufort
Maven Construction
Infinity Roofing and Siding
Terry Jones – Cedar Point Flooring & Bayside Chem Dri
Hope 4NC

We are considering facilitating more events like this in the near future. If you are interested in speaking, or attending- Please reach out and let us know. We will keep you posted on the day/time of any further events.

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Now Accepting Donations for our Local Coast Guard Stations

Keeping Watch 24/7

For over 50 years, the U.S Coast Guard Stations at Fort Macon & Emerald Isle have been patrolling our waters and saving lives along the North Carolina Coast. Coast Guard Base Fort Macon itself is comprised of over 200 active duty personnel, 85 reservists, and over 1,200 auxiliary members.

In need of our help

We are approaching the month-long mark of the Government Shutdown. Based in the lapse of Federal Funding, enlisted members in the U.S Coast Guard are still required to work without pay. This has a significant impact in the everyday lives of thousands of people, so we want to do what we can to help enrich the lives of the men and women who serve to keep us protected along the waterways we all enjoy. These crews work around the clock to keep watch of our oceans and keep us safe. With a lapse in funding, not only are the home-lives of these Guardsmen effected- but the duty stations are in need of supplies as well.

Items Needed Include:

  • Ingredients for spaghetti, other pasta dishes
  • Chicken breast
  • Hamburger and buns
  • Hot dogs and buns
  • Prepared meals like: lasagna, pizzas
  • Canned soups
  • Pretzels, chips, crackers
  • Granola bars, cereal, muffins
  • Eggs, milk, sausage/bacon
  • Gatorade, juice, milk, coffee

Please bring your donations to either of our Bluewater Real Estate Offices and we will coordinate with the Coast Guard stations for delivery. We thank you for your help, and thank the hardworking Coast Guard community for their commitment to serving our country.

Bluewater Real Estate Atlantic Beach Office:

610 Atlantic Beach Causeway

Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Bluewater Real Estate Emerald Isle Office:

200 Mangrove Drive

Emerald Isle, NC 28594