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. First National values Trinidad’s senior citizens and would like to make their Christmas a little brighter this year with the help of South Central Council of Governments, Corazon Square, Las Animas County Department of Social Services, SER-National, Trinidad Inn Nursing Home, Town of Aguilar Senior Citizens and generous area residents.  

In the spirit of the season, Santa’s Gift Tree will be displayed in the bank lobby at 100 E. Main Street, in the Motor Bank Lobby and at the Walmart Branch, from Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 13. 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 Monday, December 16 at the main bank.  

“This is the 13th 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,” says 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,” Egland said.

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

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