Southside Southerners, Citizens Bank Support ‘Be A Santa To A Senior’

Date of Release: 
Thursday, December 19, 2013

BATESVILLE – December 20, 2013 – Southside High School students and Citizens Bank employees recently assembled and delivered Christmas gift baskets to the “Be A Santa To A Senior” program.  Purchased through equal donations from students and bank employees, the baskets and contents included a nice warm blanket, snack foods, fruit, candy, a $20 gift card and a personalized stocking for each Senior. 

Last month, when the school dedicated its new open gathering area as the “Citizens Bank Quad,” the Southside students announced they had raised $251 to be donated to the Citizens Bank employees’ charity fund.  Bank employees donate $1 each week to wear blue jeans to work on Fridays, generating $5,000 in donations to worthwhile causes and organizations in the past year.  Southside students contributed $1 each to wear caps to school.

“Be A Santa To A Senior” is one of several programs in the area that are intended to bring some measure of Christmas cheer to seniors in the area who may not otherwise enjoy the holiday season due to lack of finances or friends and family.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.

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SOUTHSIDE SANTAS – Helping assemble baskets in the Quad for “Be A Santa To A Senior” were (front row) Citizens Bank employees Penny Thornton and Janelle Shell; Southside Senior Class President Savanna Wyatt; (standing, from left) students Lane Callahan and Hannah Butler; Joyce Prickett and Candace Morrow of Citizens Bank; and students Katie Kramer and Dalton Lamons of Southside.