Local holiday tree project seeks community support

Washington Federal’s Paradise Valley location employees, from left are Briana Cozza, Barbara Schabin, Jacob Owens, Mark Rocklin. (submitted photo)

Washington Federal’s Paradise Valley branch, located 13648 N. Tatum Blvd., is partnering with the local Salvation Army on the organization’s long-standing and much-beloved “Angel Tree” project.

Through the program, local businesses erect holiday trees in their lobbies with tags from the Salvation Army, each representing a local child in need this holiday season, according to a press release.

“We are welcoming the entire community – whether a customer or not – to visit our branch Monday through Friday anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Dec. 18 and choose a tag and child to support. Each tag includes a child’s gender, age range, clothing size and toy suggestions, which can be purchased and simply turned in to our office for donation to the Salvation Army before Christmas,” said Mark Rocklin, branch manager, in the release.

“To sweeten the deal, quite literally, we’ll have cider and snacks out each day during the program’s duration to help maintain that excitement and encourage as many people as we can to stop in.”

Each of the children and families listed on the angel tags will receive the gifts in the care, custody and control of the Salvation Army’s local branch. Altogether, the Paradise Valley branch has set a goal to help at least 12 children through the program, the release stated.

“Washington Federal believes that the relationships we have with our local communities are as important as those we share with our clients, stockholders and employees. We believe we have an obligation to operate in a responsible, sustainable manner which supports the health and vibrancy of the communities we serve,” said Mr. Rocklin in the release.

“In addition to the Holiday Angel Tree project, in fact, our bank is also currently accepting grant donation requests from area nonprofits in need through our Washington Federal Foundation program.”

The foundation is currently accepting grant requests from local organizations like the Salvation Army across Arizona.

For more information, or to apply for a local Washington Federal Foundation grant, visit www.washingtonfederal.com and click on “community relations” or call 541-880-5228 and ask for the community relations team.

“In just the past few years, we’ve been able to award more than $40,000 in grants across Arizona,” said Mr. Rocklin, in the release.

The Washington Federal Foundation has an eye to do even more as the bank moves into 2017 – its Centennial anniversary year, the release stated.

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