BankRI Giving Tree collects gifts for kids

Bank Rhode Island collected more than 665 gifts for local kids during its 16th annual “Holiday Giving Tree” program held in November and December last year. More

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BankRI Giving Tree collects gifts for kids

BANK RHODE ISLAND’s customers and staff spread holiday cheer to underprivileged children through area nonprofits. From left: Jeff Elliott, senior banking specialist; Marta Almeida, teller; Keith Dube, donations coordinator for Aids Care Ocean State; and Amanda Flanagan, teller.
Posted 1/13/14

Bank Rhode Island collected more than 665 gifts for local kids during its 16th annual “Holiday Giving Tree” program held in November and December last year.

During the event, Bank Rhode Island’s 18 branches partnered with area nonprofits to fulfill the wish lists of children they serve. The wishes were placed on an ornament and hung on a tree in bank lobbies, allowing customers and staff to select a child in need and provide that child with a gift for the holiday. Donors placed their gifts beneath the Holiday Giving Tree, where they were picked up by the benefiting organizations for distribution before the December holiday.

“The Holiday Giving Tree program is an effort that everyone at Bank Rhode Island looks forward to each year as an opportunity to spread holiday cheer to children who may otherwise not receive gifts,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, president and CEO of Bank Rhode Island. “Each year, I continue to be amazed at the outpouring of support shown by our customers and staff, and this year is no different – it truly captures the spirit of the season to help others.”

Organizations that partnered with BankRI were: Adoption Rhode Island, AIDS Care Ocean State, Connecting for Children & Families, Coventry Community Food Services, Crossroads North Kingstown, East Bay Community Action Program, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Family Resources Community Action, House of Hope, SSTARBIRTH, ’Tis the Season, Tri-Town Community Action and Women’s Center of Rhode Island. •

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