One group is teaming up with some local organizations to do its part to make sure every child in our community has a Merry Christmas.
Many People's First employees shopped till they dropped this year! They bought presents for 20 local foster children, students at the Margaret K. Lewis Center for exceptional education, adult clients of the Saint Andrew Bay Center, and the children of Early Education and Care Client Families.
Raymond Powell, President of People's First, said, "People's First always enjoys helping children and people in need in our community, and we're very appreciative of the support that the community's given us and this is just one of the many ways that we can share the success and prosperity that we've had back with the community."
Jennifer Gierszewski with Early Education Care, said, "It's very important for everyone to come out and support the community and everything that Early Education has done for all the families."
The bank also contributed more than $10,000 to their first families' gift giving project, and $5,000 to the Salvation Army.
Well-known local businessman Joe Chapman and his wife Jeannette, also donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army.
Joe Chapman, a local businessman, said, "There should be no child left behind, and every child should have a nice Christmas."
"Joe Chapman is a good friend of Santa's and has been instrumental in bringing this program about. He assigns a lot of the credit to his employees, but he's the inspiration behind it all."
Employees also donated and costumed hundreds of teddy bears and dolls to give to the children.
"Christmas is a time for giving and sharing, and we shouldn't forget that."