Local branches invite community to join in giving back

The holiday season often means spending extra time with family and friends and enjoying delicious meals with loved ones. It’s also the perfect time to focus on gratitude and giving. Community Bank N.A. branches are getting in the festive spirit by giving back to the communities they serve to ensure all families have a happy holiday season.

In total, more than 70 Community Bank N.A. branches are celebrating the holidays by lending a hand to their neighbors. Each branch team selected a local cause to support based on its community’s needs. From hosting food, clothing and toy drives to fundraising initiatives, Community Bank N.A. branches want to make the world a brighter place this holiday season.

“Giving back to our communities during the holidays is our favorite tradition,” Community Bank N.A. District Manager Barb Houghton said. “The true spirit of the holidays comes from helping those in need. Our branches will be bustling this December to help make a difference! We encourage everyone to get involved.”

Community Bank N.A. invites its neighbors and the community to consider supporting or learning more about one of the many causes the bank is involved with this holiday season.
Specific local activities include:

  • Hamilton is collecting nonperishable food items to benefit Hamilton Food Cupboard, which serves between 150-200 families each month from the Hamilton and Madison school districts.
  • Oneida 585 Main Street and Cazenovia have a Giving Tree in its lobbies where customers can pick a tag with a child’s name, purchase the toy or clothing listed, then drop the item off at the branch. The donated toys will then all be delivered to local families in need.
  • Cazenovia is also hosting a food and gift drive to benefit Caz Cares. The branch team was inspired to hold the drive after volunteering with Caz Cares in the fall to sort winter coats for its coat drive and seeing the impact it has on the community.
  • Canastota had a display in its lobby in November to raise awareness of the Romagnoli’s Christmas Tree Farm’s Trees for Troops program. Each year, this program sends trees to troops and their families. This year, they hope to send 350 trees. 
  • Chittenango is collecting nonperishable food items for Town of Sullivan Food Pantry to keep its shelves stocked during its busiest time of year.
  • Vernon is hosting a winter clothing drive to benefit local families within the Vernon Verona Sherrill School District. The branch is asking for donation of coats, mittens, scarves, boots, socks and hats.
  • Boonville is accepting donations of pet food, pet supplies, cleaning products and office supplies to benefit Lewis County Humane Society, which is 100% funded by donations.

Visit your local Community Bank N.A. branch to learn how to help those in need this holiday season in your town.

By martha

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