PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Community generosity helped BankRI’s 23rd annual Holiday Giving Tree program provide more than 2,650 gifts to children in need throughout the state.
According to BankRI, each of the bank’s 20 branches displayed a giving tree decorated with ornaments representing a child in need and their wishlist.
The community had the chance to select an ornament and provide that child a gift.
Once the gifts were dropped off, they were given to BankRI’s nonprofit partners to be distributed to the children, and ensure they’d reach their new homes in time for the holiday.
“This year has presented so many challenges, particularly for families with children that were working hard simply to get by before COVID-19 turned our world upside down,” President and CEO of BankRI Mark Meiklejohn said. “While our Giving Tree may have looked different, nothing dampened people’s desire to make a difference. I’m grateful to everyone who helped make this year a success.”