West Shore Bank kicks off ‘Spirit of Giving’ campaign.

November 17, 2016

West Shore Bank kicks off ‘Spirit of Giving’ campaign. 

LUDINGTON — West Shore Bank, Shop-N-Save in Ludington and Benzonia, Hansen Foods in Hart, and Family Fare in Manistee, are teaming up this holiday season and challenging area residents and businesses to show their “Spirit of Giving.”

This is West Shore Bank’s eighth year to team up with local food store partners to offer special pricing for the purchase of a complete dinner to be distributed to local food pantries for Christmas.  The dinner consists of a chicken, stuffing, vegetables, potatoes and a dessert.  “Making a real difference in the lives of those struggling in our own communities is what makes this ‘Spirit of Giving’ campaign so special,” stated Raymond Biggs, president and CEO of West Shore Bank.  “Our bank staff looks forward to supporting this event and challenge other individuals and businesses in our area to do so as well.” 

West Shore Bank will accept tax-deductible donations at any of its seven banking offices through Friday, December 2.  With the money raised, West Shore Bank will distribute certificates to food pantries in Mason, Oceana, Manistee and Benzie counties which can be redeemed for the complete dinner at their respective market partners.  To help stretch dollars even further, West Shore Bank has agreed to match the first $2,500 raised.  “As financial hardships continue for many, this time of year can be particularly stressful,” Biggs said.  “It’s a time of year to share blessings with others.” 
Last year 591 meals were distributed in a three-county area.  This year the campaign challenge has been expanded to include Benzie County, with a goal of 700 meals to be distributed throughout the four-county area.

Any individuals or businesses who would like to make a tax-deductible donation can stop by West Shore Bank during regular banking hours or mail a check made payable to “Spirit of Giving Fund” to West Shore Bank, Attn: Spirit of Giving, PO Box 627, Ludington, MI 49431.  The Bank currently has seven retail banking offices in Ludington, Scottville, Manistee, Hart and Frankfort, as well as a commercial loan office in Muskegon. 

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