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Heartwarming Stories from the Warm Hearts Winter Drive

by Kimanh Moreau | Dec 14, 2017

As we reach the halfway point and look towards the conclusion of the 2017 Warm Hearts Winter Drive, we wanted to take the opportunity to share heartwarming stories we’ve encountered and what’s next for Warm Hearts!

A Donation from the Heart in Clackamas
On a cold and rainy Thursday, a man named Dustin visited the Clackamas branch to cash a payroll check. While he was in the branch, he inquired about the Warm Hearts Winter Drive and whether it was local. “Absolutely,” client service specialist Victoria Coppola answered. They went on to discuss how Columbia Bank has ensured that any donations made at the branch would go to a local shelter. He generously supplied five, one-dollar bills and said, "I would like to donate because I was homeless," and he proceeded to share his story with Victoria.

“Not everyone chooses to be homeless,” he said with a shimmer of tears in his eyes. Victoria let him know that his donation would go to support the “Annie Ross House,” a local shelter in Milwaukie.

We are so thankful to Dustin for sharing his story with us and for his kind donation. If Dustin can donate $5, while living paycheck-to-paycheck, imagine the capacity the rest of us have to give? We hope his story encourages everyone to be as generous and thoughtful as Dustin this winter.

Scarves Up for Warm Hearts
Seattle Sounders FC midfielders Aaron Kovar and Cristian Roldan are rallying with us to raise awareness and support for those affected by homelessness in our community. Check out the videos below to learn more about how you can raise your scarves – and donations – for our neighbors in need!

Ugly Sweater Contest Voting Begins Dec. 15
On Friday, Dec. 15, we’ll be celebrating Ugly Sweater Day throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Join us by checking out the photos on our Facebook page to vote for your favorite teams! The photo with the most “likes” by Monday, Dec. 18, will receive funds to donate to their local shelter.

12 Days of Warmth
Back again for its second year in 2017, the 12 Days of Warmth will kick off on Wednesday, Dec. 20, across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The 12 Days of Warmth provides a daily snapshot of how donations to WarmHeartsWinterDrive.com benefit local families struggling with homelessness.

Be sure to keep an eye out for pop-up events at your local Columbia Bank branch! You never know when a holiday village, bake sale or fun concert may happen, all in the spirit and support of the Warm Hearts Winter Drive.

 

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