Columbia Bank announced today that $220,365 and 6,542 items of warm winter wear and supplies were donated for the benefit of 58 local homeless shelters across the Pacific Northwest during the Bank's third annual Warm Hearts Winter Drive.
The drive, started in 2015, is a bank-wide, employee-led program to provide aid to those experiencing homelessness throughout the Pacific Northwest. Through donations from customers, employees and the community, the Tacoma-based surpassed funds raised in the prior year by more than $10,000.
Columbia Bank has raised a total of $587,302 for homeless shelters in the three winter holiday seasons the drive has been active.
“Homelessness is impacting the Northwest more than ever before, with tent cities, encampments, and people sleeping in cars or in doorways throughout many of our local communities,” said Hadley Robbins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia. “This is a heartbreaking problem that affects everyone in our region. We wish to thank all of the many individuals and local businesses that have participated in our Warm Hearts Winter Drive for their generous gifts and donations that are making a difference for the lives of those affected.”
Columbia donates 100 percent of the funds and winter wear collected to shelters and relief organizations in the communities where collected.