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Wakefield Cards for the Community

3.25.20 The Savings Bank, continuing with their tradition of community giving, has made a significant donation of $5,000 to help launch Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need program. The gift card giving program was created by the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce, Wakefield Food Pantry and the Wakefield School Department. The three have partnered together to create the program that purchases gift cards to local food establishments and grocery stores for residents in need while helping these local establishments who may be struggling to stay open.

The program, according to the organizers, while assisting local food establishments, will also help alleviate some of the stress associated with putting food on the table for Wakefield individuals and families in need who may be affected by COVID-19.

In addition to the $5,000 donation to launch the program, The Savings Bank has donated another $5,000 to the Wakefield Food Pantry through its charitable foundation, The Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

“This global pandemic may have originated elsewhere, but it has had a significant impact at the local level,” The Savings Bank President and CEO Bob DiBella said. “School closings and the loss of jobs have created an exponential increase in the number of Wakefield residents who have turned to the Wakefield Food Pantry for help. At the same time, local restaurants and small businesses are struggling to stay in business during these unprecedented times.”

A GoFundMe page https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/wakefield‐cards‐for‐the‐community has been created to encourage community support for Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need. Supporters can make their donation through the page to enable the organizers to purchase the gift cards to local eateries and grocery stores. The Board of Directors of the Wakefield Food Pantry and the office of Wakefield School Superintendent Doug Lyons will identify individuals and families in need and will purchase and distribute the gift cards based upon their organizations’ policies and procedures.

An account has also been established at The Savings Bank for anyone who wishes to make a monetary or additional gift card donation. All donations will be accepted at the Bank’s Wakefield drive up facilities at the Lakeside branch office, 599 North Avenue, and at the Greenwood branch office, 907 Main Street.

Although gift cards to establishments and grocery stores outside of the community are welcome to be donated at The Savings Bank locations, all gift cards purchased through the GoFundMe page will be to Wakefield establishments only.

“As part of the community, The Savings Bank and The Savings Bank Charitable Foundation are deeply committed to the residents and business community, The Bank is not only here during good economic times, we also here in times of need” DiBella added. “We encourage everyone to join us by making a donation either through the Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need GoFundMe page or at The Savings Bank drive up locations,”

 “This is a time for all of us to come together and help one another,” Chamber Executive Director John Smolinsky said. “Our local businesses are the heart of the community and if we can provide assistance to not only our restaurants and food establishments but our residents as well we are a better community. We encourage our members and other businesses to join The Savings Bank in supporting our efforts to raise funds for this endeavor. Doing this will keep our local economy going and also support our residents who need our help.”

To donate online go to https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/wakefield‐cards‐for‐the‐community.
For more information about Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need, contact the Chamber at 781-245-0741 or by emailing John Smolinsky.