Needham Bank, with branches throughout the Greater Boston area proudly announces that its 4th Annual Local Love campaign was a great success, with gift requests fulfilled for distribution to children served by The Dedham Youth Commission.
During the month of December, customers and non-customers alike visited the Bank’s five branches in Needham, Dedham, Wellesley, Westwood and Medfield and selected paper angels bearing the gender, age and requested holiday gift of a local child or teen who otherwise would not receive a present during the holidays. The angels decorated holiday trees located within the branches’ lobbies.
In total, more than 500 children and families were benefitted by the 4th annual campaign.
Needham Bank also collected fees for the use of coin machines at all of its branches with proceeds augmenting the Angel Tree Program. Money raised from the coin fees during the 4th quarter of 2012 went toward the purchase of gifts for those angels that were not picked up, with remaining extra revenue going toward support of the organizations.
Angels were provided this year by six local organizations: Dedham Youth Commission; The Walker School; Medfield Youth Outreach; Riverside Community Care; the families of New Falls Apartments; and Westwood Youth and Family Services. The gifts were delivered to the child they are intended for by all participating organizations.
“The Dedham Youth Commission is very thankful for Needham Bank's Local Love Campaign,” said Robert Blaney, Director of Dedham Youth Commission. “Thanks to the Bank's financial contribution and the generosity of its branch members, over 50 underprivileged kids from Dedham received gifts on Christmas Day. Needham Bank is one of the many reasons why Dedham is a strong community for children and families.”
“It was our privilege and great pleasure to once again serve as host for this remarkable program,” said Mark R. Whalen, President and COO of Needham Bank. “We hope the season was made a bit brighter for many children throughout our region as a result.”