Citywide Banks Employees Spreading the Warmth with Acts of Kindness in Community

Citywide Banks has once again teamed up with Spread the Warmth(TM), a Colorado nonprofit dedicated to promoting the spirit of giving in our Denver community.  For the second year in a row, the bank has given each of its employees a special pair of gloves to hand-deliver to someone in the community. Whether it’s a homeless person, an elderly neighbor, or a stranger working out in the cold, the mission is to reach out and make a heart-felt, personal gesture with the gloves. Citywide Banks is also the lead sponsor for the nonprofit’s annual holiday mailing of glove packages to thousands of local business professionals. Each recipient is asked to hand-deliver the gloves to an individual in the community.

“Too often, we write a donation check to a charity and never get an opportunity to make a personal connection to those we help,” explained Steve Ebner, first vice president of marketing at Citywide Banks. “Spread the Warmth enables each of our employees to personally bring a smile to someone in the community.  It’s a simple, unexpected act that captures the true spirit of the holidays.”

Glove Giving Stories
Throughout the next few weeks, hundreds of inspiring glove-giving stories will be published on the Spread-the-Warmth.org website. Here are some recent giving stories from Citywide Banks employees:

“I always see people asking for help on Evans and I-25 as I’m on my way home. Over the weekend, there was a man with a sign that said he was out of work and needed just a little help. I gave him the $2 that I had and he thanked me quickly for it. I then handed him the gloves and told him I hoped they would keep him warm as he tries to get back on his feet. He looked at me with wide eyes and then a huge smile spread across his face, as though the unexpected gesture had totally made his day. He said, “right on, thank you so much!” and wished me a good day. I haven’t seen him on that corner since and I hope each and every day that he was able to find work and begin rebuilding his life.”  
— Leah Donelson, Citywide Banks 

“I was driving back to work from getting lunch on a snowy day and I saw a woman pushing a cart of her belongings through the parking lot. She was elderly and moving slowly, so I stopped and offered her the gloves, knowing that her hands had to be freezing pushing the metal cart through the snow. She took them with a small smile, glad to have a little something to help battle the cold right after Christmas.”  
— Ashley Vasquez, Citywide Banks 

“I did the same thing with the gloves as I did last year. I donated them to the the Ronald McDonald house. I put a twenty dollar bill in each thumb and asked the receptionist to find a family that was needing a little extra help this year. I’m certain she can find just the right family.”
— Bob Williams, Citywide Banks 

“This past Sunday evening, I was at a local King Soopers. It was snowing and there was a lady standing in front of the entrance doors, she was a Salvation Army Bell Ringer. I put in some change and noticed she wasn’t wearing any gloves, which I found odd because the Bell Ringers normally are bundled up. She smiled, said thank you. I went to my car and grabbed the pair of gloves, walked up to her and handed them to her. She gave me a big smile and went on to tell me that she hasn’t been able to afford a good pair of gloves to get her through all the bell ringing, they keep ripping, or are too thin. She thanked me and told me Happy Holidays! Thanks for this opportunity!”
— Sarah Wullkotte, Citywide Banks

“I put my gloves in the car ready to find some cold soul to give them to. On Sunday I found my gentleman in front of King Soopers on Havana and Mississippi. This older gentleman is a fixture at the store, he sits out front and doesn’t ask for anything from anyone.He is very old and frail looking. I went in and purchased a $15.00 gift card slipped it into the pouch with the gloves and on my way out handed it to him and wished him Happy Holidays. He thanked me, grabbed my hand and squeazed it. Those gloves made my Christmas again this year. Citywide starts the pay it forward with the spread the warmth gloves program, but it leaves us with warmth in our own hearts after we find someone out there to surprise with that little gift. Happy Holidays to all.”
— Cindy Bruce, Citywide Banks

“Twas the afternoon before Christmas, as I scurried for home;
thinking of family celebrations and nice Christmas treats.
When I spied a disheveled gent wandering alone;
somewhat distracted, obviously living on the streets.

His coat was unzipped, his jeans worn and muddy;
bare hands, scarf askew, cap pulled tight over his ears.
Aimlessly walking, not bothering anybody;
probably hadn’t seen his family in years?

He wasn’t panhandling, just looked cold, tired, and dejected;
I wanted to stop, but no place to pull over.
I had gloves, Christmas cookies, things he never expected;
so I zipped round the block, caught him at the next corner.

With one eye missing, he’d had a hard life;
I stopped in traffic before the light turned, called out to him thrice.
A small smile crossed his face, as I gave him gloves, cookies
and warm wishes for a merrier Christmas.”
— Pete Ablanczy, Citywide Banks

“I was at Walmart, the guy ringing the Salvation Army bell looked like he was freezing standing there ringing the bell. His little hands were red so I gave him my gloves… He said he couldn’t believe it and smiled. Thanks Citywide for giving me the gloves to give someone in need.”
— Pam Augustine, Citywide Banks

Read more glove giving stories at www.Spread-the-Warmth.org.

About Citywide Banks
Colorado owned and family operated since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and treasury management solutions for businesses throughout Denver and Boulder. Citywide Banks is a 50+ year-old community bank with 12 branches and more than $1.3 billion in assets. The bank’s team of more than 250 Front Range employees is a proud supporter of hundreds of local charities through employee volunteering, financial contributions, and social media awareness campaigns. For more information, please visit the bank’s website at www.CitywideBanks.com. Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

About Spread the Warmth
Spread the Warmth is a nonprofit organization created by Aurora-based, Dreamwise Marketing Solutions. The charity’s mission is to promote the spirit of giving within the community. Spread the Warmth works with businesses, nonprofits and other organizations to involve their customers and employees in giving the gift of a warm pair of gloves to those in need. Learn more about Spread the Warmth at www.Spread-the-Warmth.org.

About DreamWise Marketing Solutions
Founded in 1996, DreamWise Marketing Solutions is a full service marketing firm providing strategic, high-impact marketing solutions including direct marketing, online marketing, printing, and branding. DreamWise is 100% women owned and wind powered. The company gives back to the community through its nonprofit, Spread the Warmth, as well as volunteering for a variety of local nonprofit organizations. Visit www.DreamWiseMarketing.com to learn more.

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