From: Derek Espy
Winona Volunteer Services Board President
Merchants Bank and Winona Volunteer Services (WVS) are both celebrating milestone years in 2013. This is the 40th Anniversary of the start of WVS and the 25th year of the Merchants Bank “10 Days of Giving” food drive!
We as a community have the perfect opportunity to show our continued support. WVS emergency and supplemental food programs support 1,052 families on average each month and the need is year round. Last year, the WVS food shelf distributed 428,544 pounds of food.
The “10 Days of Giving” campaign provides a major source of that food each year. The monetary donations we receive from the community for this event actually help more than the food donations as we were able to purchase 177,582 pounds of food with the donated dollars we received in 2012
The Winona area has been incredibly generous over the years with this campaign and WVS food shelf is very grateful. Let’s make this 40th anniversary of WVS and 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” the most memorable in the history of the WVS and Merchants Bank. Please consider participating in this year’s campaign by donating at any Merchants Bank location, a participating business or at Winona Volunteer Services. You may also donate at the WVS website, www.winonavs.org.