What do banks and Santa have in common? You would probably answer “absolutely nothing.” Well, that’s not true. Like Santa, Standard Bank feels that the spirit of the holiday comes from bringing joy to families in the communities it serves. One of the primary ways the bank does that is by supporting Operation St. Nick. Operation St. Nick is a local charity where 100% of its budget goes to families in need living within Grundy County.
Helping Families in Grundy County. Operation St. Nick and Standard Bank are working hard to make Christmas a holly, jolly time for every child in Grundy County. Last year, Operation St. Nick donated food and $200 worth of toys for each child in 60 families – fulfilling wishes of about 150 kids each year. This year, the organization is expanding its holiday generosity to deliver Dream Wishes to military families too.
Christmas in July? When school’s out for the summer, Operation St. Nick keeps working by giving 50 brand new bikes and locks to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have them. During baseball season, the organization loads 100 kids and their parents onto a bus and treats them to a Chicago White Sox baseball game, giving them an experience to remember.
Operation St. Nick doesn’t only help families at Christmas. Its biggest event is actually in the fall, when families get their kids ready to go back to school. Operation St. Nick gives kids new shoes, clothes, school supplies and backpacks so they can get excited about learning and excelling at school.
Join in on the Holiday Giving. If you want to do more this holiday, place your bid on hundreds of cool auction items including Bears, Black Hawks, Cubs, White Sox and Fighting Irish memorabilia during the 29th Annual Operation St. Nick’s Radio Auction, sponsored by Standard Bank. Tune in to WCSJ Radio 103.1 FM or 1550 AM from 8:00 a.m. to Noon, Sunday, December 4th. Your donations go entirely to Operation St. Nick to help more families in the community!