The pandemic has impacted nearly every facet of life in 2020, but that did not dampen the giving spirit of those making donations for First State Bank’s Gift of Love program.
A box truck from Cross Country Freight Solutions, a van from Lakota Lutheran Church and an SUV for the Valley Christian Neighbors in Need food pantry were all nearly full with new and gently used toys, coats and non-perishable food items, all donated by the community over five hours Saturday.
Becca Tompkins with First State Bank says with so much change across the board this year, not much has changed as far as giving.
“When you get down to it, it’s not much different because our community is pulling together to help others and we are grateful for that.”
One final portion of the campaign continues, and that’s Coats for Kids that runs through the end of this month. Donations of new coats for children can be dropped off at the Scottsbluff branch any time through Dec. 31st.
The campaign’s Tree of Names was once again a big success, with all tags taken, meaning 308 children will have a brighter Christmas through the community’s generosity.