The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod has partnered with Independence House and Katelynn’s Closet to launch holiday giving campaigns to support crucial services for local children and families. The fundraising programs will run through Dec. 31, 2021.
“During this festive time, we want to lend a helping hand to our neighbors facing hardship and personal crisis,” said Lisa Oliver, Chair, President and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “The holidays can be a stressful and sad time for those experiencing loss. We know that Cape Cod is not immune to the scourges of domestic abuse, sexual violence and childhood poverty. Independence House and Katelynn’s Closet are addressing these issues every day, and The Coop is proud to partner with them during this season of giving. I hope you will generously support these deserving nonprofit organizations during the month of December.”
The bank has brought back the decades-long Stuff A Stocking program. With giant stockings in the lobbies of all nine branches, this year’s beneficiary is Katelynn’s Closet, a Cape-based nonprofit organization devoted to providing children in need with clothing, footwear and basics to help them maintain dignity and foster self-esteem.
Through the month of December, donations of new, unwrapped clothing for children ages 4 to 18 can be donated at any of the bank’s branches. Clothing items needed include pajamas, socks, underwear and sweatshirts. Monetary donations can be made directly to Katelynn’s Closet at http://www.katelynns-closet.org/donate/
The Coop is also hosting a virtual fundraiser for Independence House – Give Hope & Healing – to support their mission of assisting survivors of domestic and sexual assault and their children.
“As a result of The Coop’s holiday program, Independence House hopes to help over 200 survivors this holiday season, and we are proud to be counted among the worthy organizations selected to participate in this opportunity,” said Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, Executive Director of Independence House. “From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.”
Donations from $15 to $100 will provide survivors with hotline assistance, counseling services, medical examination support, clothing, transportation and well-being opportunities for families living in shelters. Donations to Independence House can be made online at https://independencehouse.org/coop-give-hope-healing.
Finally, The Coop’s employees continued their annual support of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Stuff-A-Bus and the Salvation Army’s Dress A Live Doll through their “Pay It Forward” program (formerly Charity Jeans Day). Bank employees raised more than $2,500, including the bank match, and purchased 21 toys for Stuff-A-Bus and sponsored five local children for Dress A Live Doll.