Wakefield Co-operative Bank President Jeff Worth recently made a $2,500 donation on behalf of the bank to Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need, a gift card giving program created by the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce, Wakefield Food Pantry and the Wakefield School Department. The program 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 during the global pandemic.
“The Cards for the Community project is a prime example of how tight-knit and united our community is,” Worth said. “Given this difficult time, all of us at Wakefield Co-operative Bank are so proud to make a $2,500 donation to support our local families, eateries and grocery stores.”
A GoFundMe page 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.
To date, the program has raised over $15,000 and 900 gift cards have been purchased and donated to 300+ families.
Donations can be made through the GoFundMe page or at the drive up facilities of The Savings Bank, located at the Lakeside branch office, 599 North Avenue, and at the Greenwood branch office, 979 Main Street.
Additional gift card donations to establishments and grocery stores are welcome to be donated at The Savings Bank locations. Although gift cards to businesses outside the community are welcome, all gift cards purchased through the GoFundMe page will be to Wakefield establishments only.
For more information about Wakefield Cards for the Community – Helping our Neighbors in Need, contact the Chamber at 781-245-0741.