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Gearing Up for Back to School

At First National Bank, we have a long history of giving back to our communities; stewardship is even one of our FIRST Values. One way we enjoy giving back as an organization is through hosting donation drives. Each year, our internal Wellbeing Committee organizes 2-3 donation drives benefitting local non-profits, with The Banquet’s Project: S.O.S. being a fan favorite!

We will be hosting a donation drive again this year and invite YOU to participate! From July 5 – August 5, bring your Project: S.O.S. donations to any of our 17 convenient locations. The Banquet is in need of the following items:

    • 2-pocket folders with no clasp (red, yellow, green, blue, or purple ONLY)
    • 3-ring binders (1 inch)
    • Backpacks
    • Blue/black pens
    • Colored pencils (12 or 24 count)
    • Crayola Classic markers (wide-tip)
    • Crayons (24 count)
    • Erasers (Magic Rub or Equal)
    • Fiskar pointed scissors (5-7 inch)
    • Glue
    • Loose leaf paper (wide or college ruled)
    • No. 2 pencils
    • Pencil pouches
    • Rulers (12 inch and metric)
    • Spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled)
    • Subject dividers
    • Zipper binders (middle school)

The Banquet is often able to purchase supplies at discounted prices, so monetary donations are always welcome, as well. Please mark your donation with “School Supplies” to make it easier for the volunteers.

Following our donation drive last year, our internal Wellbeing Committee delivered the school supplies we received, and went back later that week with a large group of employees to stack the assembly lines and pack the donated supplies into backpacks.

After all the backpacks were filled, we trekked over to Whittier Middle School to help unload the donations into the gym for pickup. Through this program, The Banquet is able to provide more than 6,000 backpacks filled with supplies EACH YEAR to area students in need!

If you’re interested in volunteering with The Banquet’s Project: S.O.S., visit or call (605) 335-7066 for more information.

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