It’s Christmas in July at Central State Bank, Benzie County’s full-service community bank, who has partnered with Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) to collect nonperishable foods and monetary donations for struggling community members.
“We regularly hold a holiday food drive in hopes that we can help out the less fortunate members of our community,” said Norman G. Campbell, Central State Bank President & CEO. “With the economic situation being what it is, we figured, why wait until December when we can lend a helping hand right now as well?”
The food drive will run from July 9-23 during which time Central State Bank employees will be accepting items at their two fully decorated locations in Beulah and Benzonia. The “Christmas in July” food drive will be conducted in the same manner as December’s “Project Christmas” food drive, with Central State Bank collecting donations that will be delivered to Benzie Area Christian Neighbors.
Monetary donations are also being accepted. “Summer is one of the food pantry’s busiest seasons and the timing allows all monetary gifts to be matched dollar for dollar as part of the John L. Mulvaney Summer Match challenge” said David Abeel BACN Director of Development. “It’s great that St. Nick would take a few minutes from his summer vacation to help call attention to the drive.”
Donations are being accepted at Central State Bank’s Beulah office, located at 49 Benzie Boulevard, and at its Benzonia office, located at 1669 S. Benzie Highway. Items can be dropped off at the offices Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For further information please call one of Central State Bank’s offices in Beulah 231-882-4462 or Benzonia 231-882-4476.
BACN is a non-denominational 501(c)3 charity providing food, clothing, furniture, household goods and financial assistance to families in need throughout Benzie and Northern Manistee counties. Visit http://www.benziebacn.org/ or call 231-882-9544 for information or volunteer opportunities.
Established in 1913, Central State Bank is a full-service community bank dedicated to serving the residents of Benzie County. The bank’s two locations in Beulah and Benzonia offer a wide-range of services, including personal and business banking, mortgage lending, and online banking.