Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Peter Rizzo, President and CEO Jack Hamilton, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer Heather Johnson, and Salvation Army Major Jessie Irwin display a few of the many toys donated this year by Charles River Bank to the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.

Charles River Bank brought Christmas cheer to many local families this year through their involvement in the Milford Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program. The bank adopted 40 children, and through the generosity of the bank’s employees and customers, all 40 received multiple toys and clothes including bikes, dolls, pajamas and coats. Marketing and Retail Banking Support Representative Catrina Lopes organized the yearly tradition for the bank by getting the wish-lists from the Salvation Army and making sure each child was adopted and received what they asked for.

Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton stated, “Our employees and customers exemplify the giving spirit of the Christmas season. To see a whole office filled with games, toys and clothing donated to children in need shows just how special our community is. This is an annual tradition for Charles River Bank, and each year I am left in awe at how generous people can be.”

The Adopt-A-Family program aims to help local families who have fallen on hard times make Christmas a special time for their children. Parents submit a wish-list for their children detailing their first name, age, gender, clothing sizes and some games and toys they would like to receive. Local businesses and community groups adopt a certain number of children then donors select a wish-list and purchase the items requested. This year, the program helped 535 children.

“People who care about others is the most valuable commodity found anywhere on the planet. Our communities are filled with just these types of people – people who are dedicated to change and caring. It is humbling to be involved with such a caring and loving community,” said Major Dave Irwin of the Milford Salvation Army.