Proving true the old saying that it’s better to give than to receive, Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) collected 1,481 gifts for kids across the state through its Holiday Giving Tree program thanks to the generosity of customers, members of the community, and its staff.
In Warwick, the Bank’s three branches provided more than 80 gifts to local children served by their nonprofit partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick.
The Holiday Giving Tree is in its 21st year and began the day after Thanksgiving as a way to brighten the season for underprivileged kids helped by BankRI’s nonprofit partners statewide. In total, the Holiday Giving Tree collected gifts for 16 organizations.
For nearly four weeks, each of the Bank’s branches featured a Giving Tree in its lobby, decorated with ornaments that included the name and age of a child hoping for a special holiday gift. And each day a Giving Tree was on display, individuals and families selected ornaments, later returning to their branch to place gifts beneath the tree. By December 20, all of the presents were given to the effort’s nonprofit partners for distribution, ensuring they’d reach local children before the holiday.
“Our community and staff are extremely generous, and the response to this year’s Holiday Giving Tree is representative of just how important it is to help others, especially children,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, president and CEO, BankRI. “Although the holidays aren’t about gifts, the thoughtfulness behind the presents that will be opened by hundreds of children captures the true spirit of the season.”