Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 16, 2012

Bank joins with public in food drive

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — A Pauls Valley bank is now inviting the public to get involved in a community effort that in years past was just done by its employees.

Those employees at First United Bank at Grant and Ash streets are now getting the word out the public can help out with a food drive that goes to benefit the Pauls Valley Samaritans.

The local food bank will be the recipient of any food items collected by bank employees and the public.

The way to help is easy — just bring donated food items to the bank during its regular weekday hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The drive will continue through Friday, Oct. 26.

Bank President David Keith this is an annual drive normally only done by employees.

“We're encouraging all employees to either donate money or canned goods to this drive,” Keith said.

“We like to give back to the community and get our employees involved.”

This year, however, the bank is opening it up so the employees can be joined by the public in helping the good cause.

“We're also encouraging the public to get involved by bringing canned goods, non-perishable food items or even money to the bank,” he said.

“We have a table set up in the lobby of the bank where the donations can be dropped off.”

Any donations are sure to help as the Samaritans is one of two local food pantries offering assistance to those in need.

Keith said this annual food drive is one of the ways the bank works to help out in the community.

“The whole First United organization is community minded,” Keith said.

“This is our way of helping and giving back to the community at this time of year when it's really needed,” he said, referring to the upcoming holiday season.

“At the end of the drive we'll make sure all food items donated, as well as the money we've collected during the drive, goes to the Samaritans.”