Wakefield Co-operative Bank employees wore jeans to work last month to benefit 7 year old Lynnfield resident, Sam Halpern, who lost his right hand and both legs below the knee after developing complications from an overwhelming streptococcal infection. The bank’s President & CEO, Jeff Worth, doubled employee donations with a personal contribution out of his own pocket, bringing the total to $680, (which also included generous donations from bank customers).
Every month, bank employees are encouraged to wear denim to work on designated ‘Jeans Days’ in exchange for a donation to a community organization. The idea to hold a Jeans Day for Sam transpired after bank employees received word of The Lynnfield Moms Group’s (LMG) ‘Casino Night’ Fundraiser to help Sam, which will take place March 8th at the Crystal Club in Wakefield. The bank also donated a ‘Tour of Italy’ basket to LMG for the Casino event.
“LMG is so grateful for the community support of Sam and his family,” said Keira Capobianco, President of Lynnfield Moms Group. “It is safe to say Sam’s story has touch us all and has made our volunteer work at LMG even more fulfilling. Thank you again to everyone for your generous support!”
Pictured left to right: Sam Lai, AVP, Lynnfield Branch Manager, Wakefield Co-op Bank; Katie Santarelli, Special Events, LMG; Keira Capobianco, President, LMG; Lindsay Weiss, Vice President, LMG; David Fama, Mortgage Originator & Business Development Manager, Wakefield Co-op Bank.
In 2018, Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s Jeans Day program resulted in more than $5,600 in community donations to local organizations such as A Healthy Lynnfield, Tall Spire Preschool, Mission of Deeds, PAWS, Lynnfield for Love, Northeast Arc, Reid’s Ride, and more.