From: Tom Slaggie
The holiday season will soon be here, kicking off with the Thanksgiving weekend. This is the start of the Christmas gifting frenzy for the retail merchants throughout the area. Often forgotten are those less fortunate who are unable to get the basic necessities, let alone, extravagant gifts.
Winona Volunteer Services has supported people in need for some time and depends upon the community for financial and in-kind assistance to provide help.
When I was mayor of Winona, Merchants Bank started the “10 Days of Giving” 25 years ago to coincide with the start of the Christmas season. Through the hard work and support of the officers and employees, Merchants Bank asked the entire community from schools, churches, non profits, and businesses, to collect food and monetary contributions to support Winona Volunteer Services.
Since its modest start, the “10 Days of Giving” has grown so well that many in the greater Winona area now enjoy support that would not be possible without this amazing program.
I congratulate all of the officers and employees of Merchants Bank for their hard work and dedication in supporting the Winona community. I urge everyone to join me in supporting the Merchants Bank “10 Days of Giving” food drive by dropping checks or non-perishable food items at any Merchants Bank location or Winona Volunteer Services between December 1-10.