Our associates make Christmas special for kids
The toys and clothes were wrapped and ready to be delivered to Crossroads Community Church’s Adopt-a-Child program when our Springmill office staff learned some troubling news. The young girl they adopted for Christmas didn’t have a bed. Every night she slept on her family’s living room couch.
Without hesitating, our six Springmill associates decided to do more. They all chipped in – beyond what they’d already bought for gifts – for a new mattress while one person volunteered to buy sheets and a bed frame.
“It builds you as a team,” said Ashley Meyer, who was at Springmill before becoming manager at the Kroger Lexington banking office. “There’s nothing more satisfying than to be able to give as a team and bond in that special way, knowing our hearts are in the same place.”
Our associates’ giving nature is the foundation of Richland Bank’s presence in the community, where we annually help nearly 200 organizations with sponsorships, volunteering and other contributions.
Ashley’s experience at Springmill, as well as that of teller Mikayla Charles who moved to our Ontario office, inspired them to convince their new colleagues to adopt a child or two as well. Our associates’ passion means Crossroads will get even more help in the future.
“It’s important that I work for a company that believes in giving back to the community we serve,” said Jaclyn Mack, Springmill’s manager. “There is a strong sense of pride in knowing Richland can make a difference for others. I love that as a group we all decided that helping others at Christmastime was important, and we want to make this a yearly event.”
Springmill teller Tina Couch, who has been with Richland for more than 25 years, said the bank is simply one big family where the caring begins once you walk in the door.
“When we decided to ‘adopt,’ everyone was on board the minute we mentioned it,” she said. “We don’t do it for recognition, and it just says a lot about our culture. We get as much out of it as the people who receive our help.”