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First Victoria Bank drive offers gifts, food to families in need

By ALLISON MILES
Dec. 21, 2011 at 6:21 a.m.

Employees at First Victoria Bank pooled their resources to donate gifts, food and stockings to 10 Crossroads families. Among those families are 34 children, ranging from 8 months to 16 years old.

Shining lights on First Victoria Bank's Christmas tree weren't the only way the company brightened up the holidays. A gift drive contributed, too.

First Victoria employees donated toys, money, convenience items and more to help area families through Christmas.

The bank, 101 S. Main St., received names of 10 families they could help from the charitable organization Operation Blessing, said Bertha McDowell, the company's vice president of marketing. From there, it took in employee donations.

Niki Sessions, with the bank's human resources department, spearheaded the event, McDowell said.

All in all, First Victoria gathered 271 gifts, plus stockings, groceries and various gift cards, said Tracy Beck, the bank's compensation and benefits officer. It took three days to wrap the gifts, which don't all fit beneath the tree.

"One of the people, during our wrapping party, commented that it was like wrapping for their own kids," she said. "And that's what it's supposed to feel like. You should be excited about it."

The donations go out Thursday afternoon.

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