Bank of AF col­lect­ing new stuffed an­i­mals

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Bank of Amer­i­can Fork is spon­sor­ing the 17th an­nual Pro­ject Teddy Bear, a stuffed-an­i­mal drive that ben­e­fits at-risk chil­dren at the Utah Val­ley Fam­ily Sup­port & Treat­ment Cen­ter, the Salt Lake Val­ley Fam­ily Sup­port Cen­ter and the Fam­ily Con­nec­tion Cen­ter in Clearfield. Through the pro­ject, stuffed an­i­mals are given to chil­dren dur­ing times of trauma and to aid in play ther­apy ses­sions.

Last year, Bank of Amer­i­can Fork em­ploy­ees, cus­tomers and com­mu­nity mem­bers col­lected 18,831 stuffed an­i­mals. This year’s goal is to sur­pass 4,000 new stuffed an­i­mals, which will al­low ev­ery child served at the fam­ily-sup­port cen­ters and other or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­ceive one.

The cri­sis cen­ters can only ac­cept new bears this year be­cause of their health codes.

“We are for­tu­nate to have so many peo­ple who care in the com­mu­ni­ties we serve and thank them for their past par­tic­i­pa­tion. We are ask­ing those in our com­mu­ni­ties to help Bank of Amer­i­can Fork meet its goal of col­lect­ing 4,000 new teddy bears. Visit a toy store with your fam­ily and pick out a bear. Talk to your chil­dren and help them choose a stuffed an­i­mal and give them the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate it at a branch,” said Richard Beard, Bank of Amer­i­can Fork CEO. “Each bear you do­nate is crit­i­cal, but each rep­re­sents an at-risk child here in Utah. We want a teddy bear in the arms of ev­ery child who needs one.”

To do­nate to Pro­ject Teddy Bear, drop off a new stuffed an­i­mal to any of Bank of Amer­i­can Fork’s 14 lo­ca­tions through­out Salt Lake, Utah, Davis and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties through Dec. 13, in­clud­ing the branch lo­cated at 625 N. Main in Span­ish Fork.

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