Bikes, toys, gifts for area ‘Angels’

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Citizens Bank employees recently loaded “Angel Tree” bicycles, toys and other Christmas gifts for delivery to the Independence County Fairgrounds to be distributed as part of the “Angel Tree” program coordinated by the United Way of North Central Arkansas.

Alicia Williams and Kayla Goodman (center front in first photo) coordinated the Angel Tree program for Citizens Bank this year. Gifts for 68 local children were purchased by bank employees and supplemented by donations from generous businesses and individuals, including Ozark Mountain Poultry, Sharp United Methodist Church, White River Planning & Development, and numerous members of the community. The truck used to transport the gifts to the fairgrounds was provided by Gail and Bill Davis. Also, separate donations from the Citizens Bank employees’ “Blue Jeans Fund” will provide senior citizens with needed holiday items such as blankets, hats, gloves, and toiletries.

Angel-Tree-2018-1.jpgHelping load the first wave of bicycles are Alicia Williams and Kayla Goodman (center front, and then from left) Alissa Strother, Mica Harris, Lisa Davis, Matt Martin, Ashley Engles, Larissa Hicks, Paula Ford, Micah Beard, Alan Lawrence and Gene Crawford.
Angel-Tree-2018-2.jpgCitizens Bank Market President Micah Beard (left) loads an “Angel Tree” bicycle onto the truck as Alissa Strother and Lisa Davis wait their turns. In the background, Ken Emerson, Jeffrey Freiert, Mica Harris and Matt Martin prepare to send more Christmas gifts.
_Angel Tree 2018 - 3.jpgCitizens Bank employees (from left) Alissa Strother, Paula Ford, Jeffrey Freiert and Gene Crawford transfer bags and bags of “Angel Tree” gifts from the bank’s Main Branch in downtown Batesville to a truck that will haul them to the Independence County Fairgrounds. Citizens Bank is fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 68 local children, assisted by donations from several local businesses and individuals.

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