Wakefield Co-operative Bank has led the way with kindness in the community for years, ranging from free ice cream on summer days, to stopping strangers in the street and handing them a $5 bill, to buying everyone’s coffee in a local café, to wearing jeans to work to help out local organizations, and more.
Employees at the bank recently discovered an elevated level of kindness when they came across the Mighty Meredith Project, its 15-year old founder Meredith Casey of Reading, and her mission to spread kindness in light of experiencing a traumatic brain injury in 2015, which continues to impact her daily life and requires ongoing treatment. Upon learning Meredith’s story and the powerful ways she’s transformed her own difficult situation into one of giving, employees at the bank decided to, in turn, share kindness with her.
Wakefield Co-operative Bank is helping Meredith ‘Fill the Box’ by collecting gifts which she’ll deliver to kids at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital (where she still receives treatment) this holiday season. Please visit the Mighty Meredith Project website for a wish list of items that can be dropped off at the bank’s 342 Main Street, Wakefield office up until December 31st.
Bank employees also nominated the Mighty Meredith Project as its November Jeans Day recipient, resulting in a donation from employees and President Jeff Worth, plus a $500 bank sponsorship of MMP’s World Kindness Day event at King’s Bowling in Lynnfield on November 13th.
In addition, the bank invited Meredith to take part in the filming of its debut ‘Bringing life to banking’ video series where she shared her story and the great impact community partnerships and donations, like Jeans Day and the World Kindness Day event sponsorship, have in supporting her mission of kindness. Watch this video here.
Meredith’s motto is ‘Be Kind, it’s Good for the Mind’ and the Mighty Meredith Project’s mission is:
• Mighty Kind: Promote kindness, especially to those "who are fighting a battle you know nothing about."
• Mighty Giving: Give back to the local medical community where she continues to receive treatment
• Mighty Smart: Bring education and awareness to Traumatic Brain Injuries and the impacts of having a "hidden disease"
Since its inception in 2018, Wakefield Co-operative Bank’s Jeans Day program has resulted in over $12,000 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, Kiwanis, Lynnfield Mom’s Group, Lahey Kidney Transplant Department, Samaritans Hope, and more.
Pictured top left: Meredith Casey
Pictured top right: Attending the Mighty Meredith Project's World Kindness Day event at Kings Bowling on November 13th: Jennie Terry, Wakefield Co-operative Bank; Karen Casey, Meredith's Mom; Lois Hayward, Wakefield Co-operative Bank
Pictured bottom left: Fill the Box until December 31st with items from Meredith's wish list to be delivered to kids at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital
Pictured bottom right: Every month bank employees are encouraged to wear jeans in exchange for a small donation to a local organization. November's Jeans Day recipient was the Mighty Meredith Project. Left to right: Alexandra Quatieri, Maria Coccimiglio, Lois Hayward, Elaine Guaetta, Joyce Grasso.