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2017 Warm Hearts Winter Drive: Raising the Bar, and Raising Hope

by User Not Found | Jan 10, 2018


As we wrap up the third annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive, we want to share our gratitude for the tremendous support we received and highlight some of our favorite experiences from this journey. Together, we raised $220,356.24 during the 2017 Warm Hearts Winter Drive. These funds, along with 6,542 warm winter items will be distributed to 58 nonprofit organizations whose mission is to provide support and essential resources to our neighbors in need during the cold and wet winter season.

We couldn’t have done this alone. Thanks to the support of our community, our clients and our bankers, we’ve been able to share more than money this winter – we’ve shared warmth and hope with those who need it most. With your outstanding support we’ve been able to break our previous fundraising totals and are already looking forward to all we can accomplish together in the fourth annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive next year.

Goldendale Teams Up with Local Preschool for a Heartwarming Sock Drive

Kristina Hughes from the Goldendale branch enlisted the help of her daughter’s preschool class at Goldendale Christian Preschool by asking her teacher to help collaborate with a sock drive for Warm Hearts. The sock drive began on Thanksgiving and resulted in outstanding support and excitement. On the last day of the sock drive, her teacher gathered the kids together for a field trip to hand deliver the socks to the Goldendale branch to help fill their barrel. It was truly heartwarming to see a group of kids ages ranging from just three to five years old brining in such a generous support for neighbors in need! Together this class raised $200 in support of the Warm Hearts Winter Drive.

A Donation from the Heart in Clackamas

On a cold and rainy Thursday, a man named Dustin visited the Clackamas branch to cash a payroll check. While he was in the branch, he inquired about the Warm Hearts Winter Drive and whether it was local. “Absolutely,” client service specialist Victoria Coppola answered. They went on to discuss how Columbia Bank has ensured that any donations made at the branch would go to a local shelter. He generously supplied five, one-dollar bills and said, "I would like to donate because I was homeless," and he proceeded to share his story with Victoria. “Not everyone chooses to be homeless,” he said with a shimmer of tears in his eyes. Victoria let him know that his donation would go to support the “Annie Ross House,” a local shelter in Milwaukie.

We are so thankful to Dustin for sharing his story with us and for his kind donation. If Dustin can donate $5, while living paycheck-to-paycheck, imagine the capacity the rest of us have to give? We hope his story encourages everyone to be as generous and thoughtful as Dustin this winter and throughout the year.

We are grateful for the support we received for the Warm Hearts Winter Drive in all of our communities. In the weeks to come, the bank will be distributing these funds and winter wear to our partner organizations throughout the Northwest. We are so proud of everyone who was involved in making this year’s drive a record success. Together, we brought hope to many people experiencing homelessness in our communities.

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