A local bank collected 1,200 blankets during the holidays to give to underserved populations.
Grand Rapids-based United Bank collected the blankets at all 12 of its branches from Nov. 5-Dec. 31, and many of the donations were handcrafted by school children and community volunteers, according to a United Bank spokesperson.
The bank distributed them to Family Promise of Grand Rapids; West Michigan Veteran’s Assistance Program; Sylvia’s Place; Project Hope; Guiding Light; and local fire departments, schools and pantries through its second-annual Blanket the Community project.
The recipient organizations will give them to local homeless families and individuals; veterans; low-income families; fire victims; domestic violence safe house residents; and in-need students.
“It’s been heartwarming to receive so much support from our communities,” said Mike Manica, president and CEO, United Bank.
“A warm blanket may seem like a simple gift, but it does more than just meet an immediate need. It’s a reminder to our neighbors that they’re not alone during difficult times and that their community cares about them.”
Founded in 1887, United Bank is a closely held institution that offers personal and business banking services.
The bank operates 12 full-service banking locations throughout West Michigan, as well as a wealth management and insurance services division.
It has more than $600 million in assets.