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Winter Coat Drive exceeds expectations at Grundy Bank

Students from the Saratoga School District National Junior Honor Society went above and beyond collecting coats for this year's Grundy Bank Coat Drive.
Students from the Saratoga School District National Junior Honor Society went above and beyond collecting coats for this year's Grundy Bank Coat Drive.

The Grundy Bank’s annual Winter Coat drive set a record this fall by providing 665 slightly used and new winter coats to families in need in Grundy County and Wilmington.

A total of 590 coats were collected in Grundy Bank’s Morris facilities, which then were donated to We Care of Grundy County.

The coats are available to families preparing for the cold weather this winter.

“The Winter Coat Drive was awesome with We Care receiving 590 coats, a record number,” said Eric Fisher, executive director of We Care of Grundy County. “I’m frankly blown away with the continued generosity of the good people of Grundy County and the surrounding area. All of us at We Care are thankful for Grundy Bank’s continued sponsorship of this most worthwhile event.”

An additional 75 coats were collected at the bank’s Wilmington branch and donated to Our Caring Closet for distribution in the Wilmington area.

J.R. Hock, Grundy Bank’s coordinator of the Winter Coat Drive, said the bank first and foremost is grateful to the community for their generosity.

“Our bank wants to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for this warm and generous gesture to make sure those families that are struggling this winter financially have warm coats to get them through the cold days ahead. We are proud to donate almost 700 winter coats through our Morris and Wilmington banking facilities this year, setting a record,” Hock said. “We also want to thank Saratoga School’s National Junior Honor Society for their support and help, making this year’s program so successful.”

Grundy Bank President Kevin Olson also noted that the bank and Operation St. Nick are now working together.

“We are also pleased to have Operation St. Nick’s new office in our downtown Morris bank, making our bank the center of this year’s Radio Auction by displaying several of the key auction items in the bank’s lobby through Saturday, Dec. 7,” Olson said. “Operation St. Nick has been an all-volunteer charity here in Grundy County for almost 40 years and we look forward to assisting them any way we can.”

Meanwhile, Grundy Bank is receiving applications for this year’s Home Lighting Contest through Friday, Dec. 6. Judging is scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15.

Applications can be picked up at any of the bank’s Morris facilities, and there is no cost to enter.

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