NORWAY, Maine – For twenty-nine years, Norway Savings Bank employees have helped put smiles on the faces of hundreds of children and families in need on Christmas morning. In 1990, branch employees from Norway and South Paris formed the Hometown Friends Committee, as a way to give back to the community.
This year, the Committee donated $3,000 to Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Teens. The programs, run by Rightstart, have been providing holiday gifts to children and teens in the Oxford Hills area since 1979. Over the years, Rightstart has seen a dramatic increase in need for holiday assistance; from 260 children in the early years of the program, to more than 600 children and teens today. In 2018, Rightstart provided new toys, hats and mittens to 450 children ranging from birth to sixth-grade as well as clothing and personal care items to 190 teens.
“The holidays should be a joyous time to celebrate with those around us, but for many families in our area, they can be stressful. Every child deserves a gift under the tree on Christmas morning, and the Hometown Friends Committee is proud to be able to help make the holiday a little more magical for these children,” said Tricia Brooks, long term employee at Norway Savings and founding member of the Hometown Friends Committee.
With this donation, Rightstart will be able to provide gifts to dozens of families; putting smiles on hundreds of youngsters’ faces this Christmas season.
About Norway Savings Bank
Founded in 1866, Norway Savings Bank is a leading mutual banking and financial services company headquartered in Norway, Maine. As of September 30, 2019, Norway Savings Bank had $1.24 billion in total assets. Norway Savings Bank has 24 branch locations and operates divisions in asset management, personal banking and business banking. In 2016, Norway Savings Bank was honored as one of the Best Banks to Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group as well as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine. In 2019, Norway was recognized with the “Best Wellness Employer – Gold Certification” by Wellness Workdays. BauerFinancial has designated 5-Star Norway Savings Bank the “Best of Bauer” for earning and maintaining its highest 5-star rating for 29 continuous years. For more information, visit www.norwaysavings.bank.