DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Savings Bank of Danbury was founded in 1849, making it the oldest community bank in the region. But it’s much more than a financial institution. They’re all about lending a helping hand.
“The reason we want to give back is because of the impact a group of employees can have on so many people,” explained Beth Ann Fetzer, vice president and community development officer for Savings Bank of Danbury.
This holiday season, the bank adopted a family through Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury, a non-profit organization that provides mental health services, foster care and much more.
“We serve children, families and individuals throughout the surrounding areas in Danbury,” explained Jamie Philp, LCSW, the IICAPS program director. “We have seven site locations and we have over 20 programs serving over 6,000 people every single year.”
Employees of the bank donated a pile of presents to be given to a family in need, to help make their holidays a little brighter.
“So it was everything from food baskets to toys to some basic necessities like sheets and towels and things that often times we have lots of in our closet, but others may not, and so we were happy to be able to do that for them,” Fetzer said.
“They’re a loving family,” Philp said. “They’re doing the best that they can and life has just kind of given them some hard circumstances to deal with and so we’d like to make this a really good Christmas for them.”
The family isn’t expecting these gifts. They’ll be surprised with them this week, just in time for the holiday.
“We hope that they know that there was a lot of love and a lot of thought put in on behalf of the employees of Savings Bank of Danbury,” Fetzer said.
“It’s wonderful to have people like the Savings Bank of Danbury to come in and donate things to meet the basic needs for these families when they can’t meet them for themselves,” Philp said. “Because we can work on mental health all day long but if you don’t have food on the table or you know clothes to keep you warm then trying to work on your depression and anxiety kind of takes a back seat, so being able to give back in this kind of way is amazing.”
This is the 10th year Savings Bank of Danbury has adopted a family through Family & Children’s Aid, and it’s just one of the ways they help the community throughout the year. For Thanksgiving, their employees put together 85 fruit baskets for seniors. To learn more about Savings Bank of Danbury, visit SBDanbury.com.