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Employees reach into own pockets to donate

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018

Submitted by Bippus State Bank

For years, Bippus State Bank (BSB) employees have been wearing jeans on Fridays for a $2 donation. But they are not donating to their own “donut” or “party” fund; these employees have been raising money to give back in a big way.

In November of 2006, BSB employee Dawn Downs was granted permission to start the program. Each Friday the money is deposited in a “Jeans Fund” and the total amount donated by the Huntington County branch employees has surpassed $20,000.

The funds are distributed to various organizations throughout the community but one that always receives their generous donations is Love INC. At Christmas time, Love INC gifts more than $800 worth of toys for their Toy Store and each August, over $500 goes toward purchasing clothing items for children, such as jeans and socks, which are then donated to their annual Back-to-School Fair. The fair is an opportunity for a number of families to obtain school supplies and clothes for the upcoming school year. Some other organizations that have been graced by the generous hands of BSB employees include: Boxes to Afghanistan, Blessings in a Backpack, Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, Warren Food Pantry and Cancer Services of Huntington.

“We have a lot of fun with the program. It is very rewarding to help others,” says Downs.

Through the jeans fund, employees of BSB are relaxing their dress code one day a week all while supporting their communities throughout the year.

The photo at right is Dawn Downs, who received the permission to start the “Jeans Fund” on Friday.