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Community asked to help with 17th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

This year will be the 17th year that The First National Bank in Trinidad has sponsored an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in Trinidad. Over the past 16 years, countless families have received a Thanksgiving surprise on the Sunday before Thanksgiving when volunteers delivered food baskets and gift certificates for groceries and dining out at local restaurants. The food drive will look a little different this year, due to COVID-19. “The Bank will be collecting cash donations and distributing grocery gift cards to families in need.” says First National Bank in Trinidad, Vice President, Mrs. Roberta Noel, who has organized the food drive for the past 16 years.

“Over the years, many families were so overwhelmed that they could not find the words to express their gratitude,” says Mrs. Noel. “The generosity of the people, businesses and organizations in this community has been unbelievable! We hope that this year will be no different.” Several bank employees will assist in delivering gift cards by the weekend before Thanksgiving.

“In 20 days, we hope to collect enough cash donations to provide grocery gift cards for many local families in need. Families without cooking facilities will be given gift certificates to go out for a family meal. This year, due to COVID-19, only cash donations will be accepted, and every little bit helps!” says Noel. Donations are accepted now through November 20th at any First National Bank in Trinidad location. “As a community, let’s come together to do a good thing . . . by giving for Thanksgiving!”

Photo courtesy Roberta Noel

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This is just a sampling of the assortment of food that was provided with each delivery for Thanksgiving in 2019. This year, due to COVID-19, only cash donations will be accepted and grocery gift cards will be delivered to families in need.