Park bankers brighten holiday for Boys and Girls Club of Clermont County
As long-time supporters of the Boys and Girls Club, our Park National Bank associates have helped with projects at the club in New Richmond for many years. We got a special treat this year when we saw first-hand how our kindness created joy and happiness for others.
We didn’t just deliver a check or drop off presents. New this year, we sponsored Christmas for all 60 kids in the club, which included hosting their holiday party and providing the pizza, crafts and games. We saw the kids’ faces light up when they picked their gift from Santa’s Shop. We heard the laughter when the kids added cotton balls to shaving cream to give a Santa beard to bank president David Gooch. Best of all, the kids wanted to hang out with us and share their excitement.
“They were so grateful we spent time with them,” said Ginger Vining, vice president and a three-year Boys and Girls Club of Clermont County advisory board member. “When the kids saw all the gifts in Santa’s Shop, they said things like, ‘I’m in heaven. This is amazing.’ These aren’t things they normally get. It was really heartfelt, and it’s nice to know it’s appreciated.”
Bankers from multiple locations donated, shopped and volunteered. The kids, who range in age from kindergarten through high school, loved every minute of it. “The kids gave us all a hug,” Ginger said. “It felt so nice to be able to do something for them.”
The generosity of our associates meant there were leftover gifts. The Boys and Girls Club will use those throughout the year to recognize good behavior, homework completion and program participation.
“The club’s mission is to make sure kids graduate high school, are fit for life, and ready to serve,” Ginger said. “It’s an important part of what these kids need to develop to help them succeed. Park National Bank feels strongly about helping where it’s needed most. We don’t just come to work, we’re here to serve our community.”