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Ways we showed kindness in 2022

KindnessFirst Recap

Ways we showed kindness in 2022

We love celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17 because, well, we love spreading kindness. And you probably already know that we even have an initiative here at the Bank centered around it: KindnessFirst!

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, we wanted to recap our 2022 KindnessFirst events, let you know how you can benefit from our 2023 events, and share some ways that you can spread kindness yourself today.

Let’s start with our 2022 KindnessFirst recap:

May – Oakridge Nursery in Brandon

For our first event of the year, we partnered with Oakridge Nursery in Brandon to hand out free plants and wildflower seed packets. We also held a drawing for garden-themed gift baskets that went to a few lucky visitors.

To those of you who stopped by: we hope your flowers bloomed beautifully!

First National Bank employees pose in front of Oakridge Nursery in Brandon. A table is covered with plants to be given away.

Eagle mascot poses in front of wooden silo at Oakridge Nursery in Brandon, SD.

 

June – Candy Cloud Factory at the Levitt

On June 30, we sponsored the Levitt at the Falls concert featuring Britnee Kellogg; we also showed up and showed out by bringing along some friends of ours.

With the help of Candy Cloud Factory, we brought the party (and the sugar rush) that night, handing out 837 bags of custom-flavored fluffy stuff.

First National Bank employees wearing red shirts pose around booth, holding bags of bright pink cotton candy.

Mother kneels on ground with arms around her two children: an older daughter and younger son. Both children hold a bag of bright pink cotton candy.

 

July – Dells Theatre in Dell Rapids

Next, we partnered with our pals at the Dells Theatre to hand out free tickets for their premiere of DC League of Super Pets on July 29. Together, we filled 174 seats at the 7:00 p.m. showing.

First National Bank employees pose with owner of Dells Theatre. A line of people stand in the background, waiting for free movie tickets.

 

August – Thunder Road in Sioux Falls

For our August event, we gave away 335 free tickets at Thunder Road, good for go karts, laser tag, mini golf, and pretty much everything else.

It’s always a good time when we partner with the Thunder Road crew!

Goup of First National Bank employees pose inside Thunder Road building, holding stacks of tickets.

Eagle mascot wearing First National Bank shirt poses in front of banner that reads, "KindnessFirst from The First National Bank in Sioux Falls. Event happening now."

 

September – Someday Café in Baltic

With the help of Someday Café, we held an outdoor picnic for the Baltic community on September 26.

We fed approximately 80 people in the streets of downtown Baltic that night!

Group of First National Bank employees pose outside with Someday Café employees. In front are tables with hot dogs, buns, and condiments to serve.

Tables and chairs in front of Someday Café in Baltic, with people enjoying an outdoor meal.

 

October – Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg

We got lost in the maize for our October event in Harrisburg. On the night of October 21, we gave away 190 tickets to Heartland Country Corn Maze.

Note: no people (or eagles) were lost in the making of this event.

First National Bank employees pose in front of sunset at Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg, SD.

First National Bank employees pose for selfie in front of Heartland Country Corn Maze in Harrisburg, SD.

 

November – Falls Overlook Café at the Winter Wonderland

To finish out the year, we set up shop at Falls Overlook Café for opening night of the Winter Wonderland.

Together, we served more than 350 hot beverages and more than 230 scoops of ice cream to visitors for free.

First National Bank employees pose in front of industrial freezer. Tubs of ice cream sit on table in front of them.

Eagle mascot wearing First National Bank shirt poses in front of waterfall at Falls Park, lit up by Christmas lights.

 

We already have events in the works for this year, with plenty of good stuff on the way. You don’t even have to be a First National Bank customer to attend!

If you want to get in on the action, make sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page — that’s how we’ll keep you informed on upcoming events.

And if you’re feeling inspired by our KindnessFirst initiative, here are some ways you can show kindness today:

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The following article is shared with permission from the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.

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