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BankRI Kicks Off Holiday Giving Tree Program

Monday, December 03, 2012


A wish list from local children near each BankRI branch turns into ornaments to allow customers and staff to provide just the right gift for each child.

With the December holidays upon us, many Rhode Islanders continue to feel the strains of a sluggish economy that threatens to make it difficult for families to afford extras such as gifts for their children. In response, Bank Rhode Island is teaming with local non-profit organizations for its 15th annual Holiday Giving Tree Program.

The Holiday Giving Tree Program kicked-off on Monday, November 26 at all BankRI locations across the state; helping to provide Rhode Island children in need with gifts this holiday season.

Local branches + wishes for local children

All 17 BankRI branches will display a Holiday Giving Tree; each one partnered with a local non-profit that has provided a wish list of the children they serve. Each child’s holiday wish will be placed on an ornament and hung on the Holiday Giving Tree. All BankRI customers and staff are encouraged to select an ornament representing a child in need and provide gifts that will help brighten their holiday. Members of the community may then return to their branch to place the gifts beneath the Holiday Giving Tree.

“BankRI is proud of the success of our Holiday Giving Tree Program over the years and the outpouring of generosity demonstrated by our customers and staff on behalf of those who are less fortunate,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO, BankRI. “We know that many of our neighbors continue to face financial challenges, so anything we can do to help ease this burden by providing gifts for their children will go a long way in making the holiday season brighter.”

Non-profit partners

The local non-profit organizations that are partnering with with BankRI this year include: Adoption Rhode Island, AIDS Care Ocean State, Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick, Connecting for Children and Families, Crossroads North Kingstown, East Bay Community Action Program, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Family Resources Community Action, House of Hope, SStarbirth, Tri-Town Community Action, and Tri-Town Head Start.

For more information and bank hours and locations, go to www.bankri.com.


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