US Bank Sponsors Mitten Tree

US Bank’s annual Christmas open house will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. They will have cookies, hot apple cider and door prizes. The employees from left to right are: Pat Deur, Amara Wanders, Jamie Wisse, Dale Deur, Delaney De Jong, Megan Joos, and Becky McCulley.

Seven years of service to its community providing gifts to children through the generosity of its customers. That is one of the ways US Bank in New Sharon is able to give back to the community. A long-time staple on the southeast corner of the town’s main intersection, the bank provides an opportunity to provide gifts to children in the community.

A program begun in 2012 has grown from a couple dozen to more than three times that number. The way the bank is able to serve the children is through its annual mitten tree. Each mitten has a number on it and a person can take it and purchase a gift to be given to a local child.

US Bank staffer Amara Wanders said the bank works with North Mahaska schools to determine how many mittens. Neither US BANK employees nor those taking the mittens know the identity of the child for which the mitten is destined. The bank receives cards from the school with the age, gender, possible size and the child’s likes if there is particular item they want. That information is placed on the mitten.

Someone will take the mitten and purchase a gift accordingly. The giver returns the mitten with the gift and the bank will deliver them to the school for distribution. “The tree will go up just after Thanksgiving,” said Wanders.

“They should be able to pick up a mitten on Nov. 23 an return it by Dec. 14.”

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