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Warm Kids, Warm Hearts
The annual Warm Kids, Warm Hearts project began in our southeast Iowa branches in 2009 as a Warm Coats, Warm Kids program. It was expanded to all our locations in 2011 to gather all types of new warm winter wear, including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, sweatshirts and more.
Each year, displays are set up in the local Two Rivers locations where people in the community can drop off their items for distribution to the children in need. Monetary donations are welcome and are used to shop for additional warm winter wear.
In 2013, a total of 192 garments (including coats, sweats, snow pants), along with hundreds of hats, gloves, etc., and monetary donations just over $996.00, were gathered and shared with local agencies, thanks to the caring individuals throughout our communities. These totals include the results of several Two Rivers locations that held bake sales in November to increase awareness, raising over $1,443.00.
Each Two Rivers office works directly with local entities that directly assist families of children in need of warm winter items. Following are examples of how items shared have made a difference in the lives of Iowa children:
The students and staff at Grimes Elementary can't begin to tell how much we appreciate all of the warm winter coats, mittens and hats provided for needy kids here at Grimes. We realize that winter can be a very challenging time of year for many of our families and this truly helped more students than we could have ever imagined.
Joe Rector, Principal
Grimes Elementary School, Burlington, IA
The Iowa Children's Museum receives winter clothing for dozens of children whose families do not have the means to keep them warm this winter. The Children's Museum works with many local families who face financial insecurity for whom the Warm Kids, Warm Hearts is essential. Thank you so much for your help and support!
Deb Dunkhase, Executive Director
Iowa Children's Museum, Coralville, IA
We couldn't be more grateful for the heartfelt donations of winter items for our Club members. We see so many kids running around this time of year without the proper attire, and these gifts of warmth really make a difference for our Club kids as they face the colder months.
Cailin Stockdale, Director of Communication & Resource Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa
Each year Mediapolis Community School District has been able to give coats, hats and gloves to students whose families may not be able to afford warm winter clothing on their own. From year to year most elementary students outgrow their winter wear and replacement costs can be a financial burden on families who may already be struggling with daily necessities. Thank you to all who help make our students warm during the winter.
Carol Cary, RN
School Nurse, Mediapolis Community School District, Mediapolis, IA
Winter in Iowa is no surprise. It comes around every year. For some parents and guardians, winter comes in a season of financial instability. Unexpected medical bills, changes in employment, or sudden growth spurts make purchasing a winter coat difficult. Sometimes hurting children are added to loving families unexpectedly. Your donations help us as we partner with area schools to help children who need it most.
Rev. Melisa Bracht-Wagner, Executive Director
The Fellowship Cup – Mt. Pleasant, IA
In 1993, the bank began sponsoring an annual Paint-A-Thon to paint homes of local area residents who were 55 or older or disabled and unable financially to have the work done themselves. Since that time, 441 homes have been painted in the Burlington area with an average annual volunteer base of 600, using over 6,000 gallons of paint.
From this program, Two Rivers Bank & Trust has received the Community Service Summit Award from the Iowa Bankers Association, a Partnership Award from the Community Action of Southeast Iowa, a Declaration from the City of Burlington for supporting the building of community pride and encouraging citizens to respond to the needs of their fellow neighbors. We also received an Award of Excellence from the Iowa Bankers Association for economic and community service.
Mediapolis Bulldog Bank
Since the fall of 1998, the Mediapolis Bulldog Bank has been helping students from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade develop the habit of saving. In the fall of the year, bank personnel visit the classes to introduce them to Kids Bank. Student bankers are selected from an application and interview process. After their training sessions, students are given the opportunity to widen their experiences by serving two weeks at each of the four stations: greeters, deposit preparation, tellers, bookkeeping.
Using an ongoing reward system, a depositor's Star-Super Saver card is punched after each deposit; when all 10 stars are punched, the depositor receives $0.50. Through their enthusiastic participation, teachers and depositors are eligible for semi-annual book fair drawings. The semester culminates with the opportunity for the student bankers to serve "real" customers at the Mediapolis branch bank, followed by a pizza party.