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WashTrust Adopt-a-Family helps hundreds over holidays

Posted 1/17/12

WESTERLY – Nearly 40 families and hundreds of children were touched by the holiday spirit, as The Washington Trust Co. and a number of other organizations helped deliver gifts and necessities to those in need.

Families in Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut were identified by local nonprofit organizations. The nonprofits then provided Washington Trust with sizes, ages and wish lists for families in need and bank employees donated clothing, toys, games and gift cards anonymously.

“During these extremely difficult times, Washington Trust employees were extremely generous in helping to make the holiday season easier for many local families,” said Elizabeth B. Eckel, senior vice president of marketing and investor relations for Washington Trust.

“The Adopt-A-Family donation from The Washington Trust Co. allowed Providence families to have a brighter holiday,” said Annmarie Sawyer of the YMCA of Greater Providence in a news release. “The YMCA works primarily with families who are struggling financially and don’t have any extra money for the holidays. The parents were absolutely thrilled that there would be presents under the tree for their children and so thankful for the generosity of the Washington Trust staff.”

About 20 other nonprofit organizations assisted in the effort.

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