Defiance (13abc Action News) - A local bank is spreading a lot of holiday cheer to help those in need.
It's called the Pay it Forward program at First Federal Bank. Kelly Rashley is a Financial Sales Manager with the bank, and says the program makes her proud to work for the company, "All of us at First Federal feel that random acts of kindness can have huge impacts on the communities we serve. We selected 13 charities and gave away a total of $10,000. Children's Lantern received $1,250."
Children's Lantern received one of those checks.The organization has been part of Defiance for the last five years, helping with everything from adoption and foster care issues to human trafficking.
Kate Brooke is Missions Coordinator,"I didn't know about the First Federal program or that we had been nominated. One of our donors put our name in I was shocked, and it is fantastic!"
While Children's Lantern helps with a number of community issues, this money will be used for the holiday meal program, "With this money we will be able to buy 62 meals. This year the goal was to serve 225 meals in 6 counties, but with this donation we'll be able to do a lot more. Everybody needs a friend to walk with them. It is not easy to do it alone, so we try to be that support."
One of the people who has been helped by Children's Lantern is Nikki Roberts. She is taking care of four nieces and nephews,"Children's Lantern is really near and dear to my heart. Not only because they have helped bless me, but because they have done so much for so many other people."
Nikki is bringing the true meaning of the Pay it Forward program to life. She is teaching the children about giving, even as they receive, "It's nice for the kids to see people doing good things. We try to do as much as we can to help others, and sometimes it's not a lot but it all adds up. Really what goes around comes around." Of course that is the true meaning of the season.
If you'd like to learn more about the work of Children's Lantern,we've posted a link.
First Federal also involved each and every one of its 600 employees in the Pay it Forward program.They were all given $10 for a random act of kindness, so a whole lot of good has come out of the program
The plan is to continue the work throughout the year.