With the rush of the holidays, and gift giving primarily focused on children, often our senior citizens are forgotten. For shut-ins, or seniors with little or no family nearby, the holidays can be an especially lonely time of year.  

In the spirit of the season, the First National Bank Santa’s Gift Tree hopes to make the holidays brighter for seniors and will be displayed in the bank lobby at 100 E. Main Street, in the Motor Bank Lobby and at the Walmart Branch, from Nov.23 through Dec. 11.  

The trees will be decorated with actual letters written to Santa by seniors.  Requests may include help with a utility bill, food, or other personal items. Choose a letter and fulfill the request. Drop off your gift-wrapped present no later than Wednesday, Dec.16 at the main bank.  

“This is the 14th year we have sponsored this program at First National, and it has grown to 300 requests from senior citizens. The recipients of these gifts are so appreciative. In some cases it is the only Christmas gift they receive. We are pleased with the success of this program; both the giver and the receiver experience the gift of giving,” said Bank Vice President, Chris Egland.

“With so many requests, we need the public’s help more than ever. Please stop by and pick up a letter. You’ll be glad you did. With your help, we can give our seniors the assistance they need and a special holiday memory to treasure.”  

The bank is working closely with the Las Animas County Health Department to ensure that measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Additionally, the agencies who assist with delivering these gifts to the senior citizens in their care will be taking special precautions as well.  

For more information about the gift tree program, contact Chris Egland at 719-859-3670.

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