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Two local communities will benefit from Gift Tree programs sponsored by The First National Bank in Trinidad and the Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg. Each location has its own gift program with matching deadlines. Here are the details on each.

The Huerfano County Branch, in cooperation with the Huerfano County Social Services Agency, is again planning their North Pole Gift Tree for the holidays. Last year they brightened the lives of numerous children who wrote to Santa requesting baby dolls, toy trucks and cars, warm gloves and hats to name a few items. This year, they will be including 82 residents from the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center.

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First National Bank Plans Open House Events and 2024 Calendar Distribution

During this time of year, you can be certain that temperatures drop, leaves fall, days get shorter, and The First National Bank in Trinidad is busy making final preparations for its 38th annual open house and calendar distribution. The 2024 calendar will be available on a first come, first served basis at the open house set for Friday, December 1st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main bank in Trinidad, Huerfano County Branch in Walsenburg, and at the Loan Production Office in Raton. The 2024 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community while supplies last and features classic artwork published by The Saturday Evening Post.

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Just over 75 Trinidad merchants participated in this year’s Safe Trick-or-Treats for Kids on Tuesday, October 31st from 3 to 5 p.m. Participating businesses also took place in voting for their favorite costumes for the costume contest sponsored by The First National Bank in Trinidad. Each participating merchant was given 10 “voting tokens” to award to their favorite costumed trick-or-treaters as they visited their establishments. Trick-or-treaters who received tokens returned to The First National Bank lobby at 5 p.m. for a tally of the “votes”.

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Community asked to help with 20th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

This year will be the 20th year that The First National Bank in Trinidad has sponsored an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in Trinidad. Over the past 19 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 Bank will be collecting cash donations and distributing grocery gift cards to families in need this year.” says First National Bank in Trinidad event coordinators, Corey Gonzales and Christa Smith-Prieto.