Below, you will find the Random Acts of Kindness list from February 20th - September 18th of 2021. As a way to honor our 125th year in banking, we decided to do 125 Random Acts of Kindness during that time frame. We hope you follow along with us here and on our Facebook page to see what all our employees come up with. Our hope is that it will spark you to do something kind for another person, as we all navigate this new year together. We hope you enjoy reading about what we've done, as much as we have enjoyed participating in this campaign. #bestbankever #exchangekindness
1. Exchange Bank was contacted by a school official and made aware there was a family in need who desperately needed a washer and dryer. Exchange Bank employees donated over $400 of their own funds and the bank matched that amount to purchase a washer and dryer for the family in need.
2. During our Anniversary celebration weekend, we did a Facebook giveaway of $125 to a random person on our Anniversary post. Congratulations to Tory Rupp!
3. During our Anniversary celebration weekend, we did a Facebook giveaway of $125 to a random person on our Anniversary post. Congratulations to Tanner Adams!
4. Exchange Bank was notified of an immediate need for a local foster care family by a DHS employee. We jumped into action and were able to donate the necessary funds to help them continue serving our community as a foster family.
5. Jill Hansen, an employee of Exchange Bank in Perry, completed her Random Act of Kindness by going to City Hall and putting the $50 cash the bank gave her towards an electric bill of someone she knows is struggling to make ends meet. Here is what Jill had to say about her gift, "I let the Act of Kindness speech just feed my thoughts for a minute. It instantly came to me to put this money towards a city bill. Since we had the snowstorm in February and the frigid cold days, electric bills are going to be much higher than normal. I know someone who could really use the help and I knew I had to put this money towards their utility bill. Nothing makes you feel better than helping out a neighbor in need." To make this story even better, Jill also donated $50 of her own money to make the total amount she put towards their city bill, $100. Way to go, Jill! We are proud of you and love what you did for your Random Act of Kindness!
6. Rick Arterberry, an employee of Exchange Bank in Perry, completed his Random Act of Kindness by putting the $50 cash the bank gave him towards groceries at Homeland. Here is what Rick had to say about his gift, "I gave my $50 to Connie, a cashier at Homeland, to help pay for the next customer's groceries. Being able to give back is a rewarding experience and definitely makes you feel good. Something as simple as helping pay for groceries could mean the world to that next customer who walks through her checkout lane. I'm proud to work for a bank that loves giving back to the community it has served for the last 125 years." Well done, Rick! Great idea!
7. Cassie Zrust, an employee of Exchange Bank in Stillwater, completed her Random Act of Kindness by giving $25 to each of her sons' teachers. Here is what Cassie had to say about her gift, "We split the $50 from the bank and gave $25 to Miss. Updike, my son Weston's kindergarten teacher at Perkins-Tryon Elementary and gave $25 to Mrs. Harrold, my son Colton's 4th grade teacher at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate school. We also wrote an appreciation letter to each teacher thanking them for all they do for not only my children, but all of the children who they've taught during this crazy year. It was a great way to include my children in the Random Acts of Kindness campaign as well." Nice work, Cassie! We loved your idea and that you included your boys in this project.
8, 9 & 10. Katie Helms, Ashley Treat and Mary Hargrove, all employees of Exchange Bank in Stillwater, completed their Random Act of Kindness together by donating to the Tiny Paws Rescue in Stillwater. Here is what these ladies had to say about their gift, "We all love cats and have a cat as a pet, so we wanted to give back to the pet community and hopefully save some little fury lives if we could," said Katie. "Tiny Paws is a neonatal kitten rescue focusing on saving kittens from all different forms of abuse and abandonment. Part of our donation also went to the Wonkie Fund, which is a program within the Tiny Paws Rescue that covers costs of emergency and lifesaving medical care of kittens outside the scope of rescue."
Ashley had this to say, "As Anthony Douglas Williams put it, each and every animal on earth has as much right to be here as you and me. I feel this way too. I hope this brings more awareness to the Tiny Paws Rescue and all of the work that they do there to SAVE THE KITTIES!"
"I wanted to donate to Tiny Paws because helpless animals have a special place in my heart," said Mary. "The orphaned newborn kittens depend on this organization to survive and this organization depends on donations to continue helping these precious lives. Our donations went to medical costs and food. Knowing that our small contribution will help save the life of even one kitten insights such positivity that can only come from giving. Thank you Exchange Bank for encouraging us to always give great service to our community and the reminder to be kind to those less fortunate than ourselves."
In addition to their $150 cash donation the bank provided them, Katie, Ashley and Mary also purchased 3 bags of of kitten formula with their own money and donated it to Tiny Paws Rescue as well. Well done, ladies! You knocked it out of the park and we are proud of you for being so kind to animals in need.
11. We were told the Perry Upper Elementary was in need of some new playground equipment! Exchange Bank jumped in and ordered 6 basketballs, 6 footballs, 6 kick balls and 6 soccer balls and delivered them to the school. We hope they enjoy their new stuff and have fun playing on the playground!
12. Jane Evelsizer, an employee of Exchange Bank in Stillwater, completed her Random Act of Kindness by using her $50 the bank gave her to provide a home cooked meal for the CNA's at the Renaissance of Stillwater. "I went to the store and purchased groceries to make grilled chicken, baked potatoes and corn on the cob," said Jane. "I made a home cooked dinner and delivered it to the CNA's in the memory ward at the Renaissance Assisted Living Center. I really feel that these ladies work hard and don't get many options for a hot meal since they work the night shift." In addition to providing them with a delicious dinner, Jane also gave each worker $20 of her own money so they could buy something for themselves. Well done, Jane! We are proud of you and what you did for your Random Act of Kindness.
13. Amy Nation, an employee of Exchange Bank in Perry, completed her Random Act of Kindness by using her $50 from the bank to purchase Missy's donuts! "I used my $50 to surprise some Saturday tellers with donuts," said Amy. "I gave the remaining funds to Christy and Danny Shade of the Lot and asked them to purchase donuts for the next people in line." Everyone loves DONUTS! Fun idea, Amy!
14. Jackie Galloway, an employee of Exchange Bank in Perry, completed her Random Act of Kindness by giving her $50 to a homeless man and woman on the side of the road. "I just saw them standing there and I felt so bad for them," said Jackie. "They had a sign that said 'will work for food' and I just wanted to help them. They were so appreciative and it made me feel really good to contribute to their situation." Well done, Jackie. We are glad you helped someone in need.
15. Guyla Workman, an employee of Exchange Bank in Perry, completed her Random Act of Kindness by using her $50 to support our friends at Foster's Corner Drug. "I made a goodie basket with all sorts of snack foods for the owners and employees at Fosters," said Guyla. "I chose Fosters because of all they have done for our community and surrounding areas. They have spent an endless amount of hours traveling and manning COVID-19 shot clinics to make sure everyone gets their shot and that NO shot is wasted. It felt so good to be able to show my appreciation to them and the wonderful people who work there." Guyla didn't stop at $50 though... she ended up contributing some of her own money and spent over $80 on snacks. It was quite the goodie basket!! Good job, Guyla! We are proud of you for recognizing a very deserving company.