A year of collecting donations from the staff at Branson Bank has paid off in a big way for one local organization. Gift of Hope was chosen by Branson Bank’s employees to be the recipient of their annual Sweet Traditions Christmas Project.
Every Friday, staff members of Branson Bank have the opportunity to dress casually in nice jeans and sneakers in exchange for a $5.00 donation to their Casual For A Cause Fund. As the year progresses the funds grow and they are set aside specifically to go towards a Christmas Project. The staff suggests and votes on an organization that will receive the funds.
“Many area children go home on Friday evenings to little or no food at home, said Bill Jones, President of Branson Bank. Sometimes the only meal that is received is what is provided at school during the week. Gift of Hope’s Backpack Program directly addresses this growing need, helping purchase and distribute nutritional meals and snacks for these area children. We are proud to support the local efforts of Gift of Hope.”
On Tuesday, December 18th, Branson Bank staff and family members presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to Meghan Connell with Gift of Hope. In addition to the monetary donation, staff collected hundreds of hats, gloves, and scarves during the annual employee Christmas party to be distributed to the area schools through the Gift of Hope program.
Pictured above: Santa, Greg Baker, Meghan Connell, Lyndi Carnelison, Jamie Crayne, Sue Schlagel, Renee Anderson, Arlene Wischmeier, Liz Anton, Norma Desrochers, Debbie Metz, Bill Jones, Don Gass, June Middleton, Lynette Gass, Marissa Connolly, Nancy Lawver, Pete Connolly, Logan Housman, and Halley Fleming