First National Kicks Off 19th Annual School Supply Drive
The First National Bank in Trinidad, along with the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg and the Loan Production Office in Raton, have made a commitment to continue its efforts to support the youth in the community by holding their 19th annual “School Supply Drive” to collect for the children in these communities. Each year the school supply drive has been a great success! “Many students start school without the necessary supplies to participate in class. This program has proven to be an excellent opportunity to help,” says Bank Vice President, Chris Egland.
School supplies needed include pencils, erasers, 12" rulers, crayons, glue, scissors, backpacks and notebook paper. Cash donations are also accepted. All donations should be dropped off by Friday, August 2nd. In Trinidad, donations are being collected at the Main Bank, Motor Bank or Wal-Mart Branch. In Walsenburg, donations need to be dropped off at the Huerfano County Branch located at 135 West Sixth Street. In Raton, drop off donations at the First National Loan Production Office or next door at Security Finance in the Dona Ana Shopping Center where you can register to win a backpack full of school supplies, or at the Broken Arrow Motel in Springer, or Russell’s One Stop in Cimarron. The First National Bank in Trinidad will match a portion of all donations in each community. School supplies will be distributed to area schools in the community they were collected based upon enrollment numbers, and teachers will be able to give the supplies to the students as needed.
“Unfortunately, we cannot provide all our young people with idyllic childhoods, but we can provide them with the minimum requirements they need to grow up into self-supporting and contributing adult members of society. The First National Bank in Trinidad, the Huerfano County Branch, and First National Loan Production Office strive throughout the year to support the youth in the communities we serve.” Ms. Egland added, “We hope our efforts will bring an added awareness of the responsibility we have within these communities, and that others will join us to make a difference in the lives of the children who are our future.”
(L to R) Last year, Huerfano County Branch Bank employee Alexa Pino sorted and organized the $1,000 in school supplies donated for Huerfano County schools.
The First National Loan Production Office Manager and Vice President, Diana Sanchez, and Marc SanRoman, gathered and delivered $2,600.00 in supplies to six area schools in Colfax County, New Mexico last year.
(L to R) Last year, Trinidad High School student volunteers, Alberto, Ricky, and Bill Felthager helped sort and box $3,900 in school supplies that they later delivered to twelve Las Animas County schools.