Columbia Bank’s fifth annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive has a goal of raising more than $250,000 and collecting thousands of articles winter clothing for those struggling with homelessness in the Pacific Northwest.
Employees at the bank’s 150 branches will be facilitating cash and clothing donations from clients and community members, with 100 percent being donated to the cause. Clothing can be new or gently worn. More than 60 organizations, including Tacoma Rescue Mission and Seattle’s Mary’s Place, will benefit from the annual drive.
“The longstanding partnership we have with Columbia supports those experiencing homelessness year-round and not just during the holidays,” said Duke Paulson, executive director of Tacoma Rescue Mission. “Columbia’s generous support is crucial to the execution of our initiatives on behalf of our many families in need of a place to call home.”
If Columbia meets its $250,000 goal, the bank will have raised more than $1 million in contributions since the program launched.
“Homelessness continues to be a severe crisis throughout the Northwest,” said Columbia’s CEO Hadley Robbins. “In partnering with local shelters and with the help of generous clients and community members, we are doing our part to help ease the pain and suffering of our neighbors in need during the coldest months of the year.”
For more information, or to make an online donation, visit the Warm Hearts Winter Drive website.