FARGO, ND – Gate City Bank and the American Red Cross chapter serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota have teamed up and are calling on quiltmakers to help comfort and warm veterans this holiday season and beyond. Now through Thanksgiving, the organizations are collecting new quilts to share with veterans at VA hospitals, homes and veteran events across the region.
“The Red Cross supports our U.S. military community from the time a service member takes the oath to life as a veteran,” said Kevin Mehrer, Executive Director for the local American Red Cross chapter. “As cooler weather sets in, the goal is to collect 150 new quilts to comfort our veterans and share the heartfelt gratitude of our community for their service.”
Thanks to this combined effort, quilt donations for veterans may be dropped off at any Gate City Bank location during business hours now through Thanksgiving.
“At Gate City Bank, the gratefulness we have for our veterans and all they’ve sacrificed to serve us goes beyond words,” said Amy Durbin, Executive Vice President of Data Strategies and Marketing at Gate City Bank, and board member for the local American Red Cross chapter. “One of many ways we’re saying thank you is by making sure they’re covered and kept warm with these beautiful quilts and afghans, which have love and appreciation in every stitch.”
Here are some more details regarding the donated quilts and fleece blankets:
For more information about this project, community members may email Lorie Herbel at Lorie.Herbel at RedCross dot org, as well as call or text her at 701-405-3342.
American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, together with the Hero Care Network, provides military families with emergency communications, connects them to financial assistance resources and offers mental health support and information services to military members, veterans and their families. The regional team provided more than 6,000 services to military members, their families and veterans, and reached over 2,800 service members through “Get to Know Us” briefings for how to access American Red Cross communications support during family emergencies.
Additionally, Gate City Bank has partnered with North Dakota Cares to help create a better way of life for military members and their families through engagement, gratitude and recognition. The bank created a program to continue paying and providing full benefits for team members who are active service members while they’re on duty. These service members also get an extra two weeks of paid time off when they come off active duty to rest and relax before coming back to work.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood donations, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Volunteers ensure that the American Red Cross fulfills its mission in the region, which serves 7.2 million people in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. For more information, visit RedCross.org/MNDaks.
About Gate City Bank
A $3.1 billion mutual bank founded in 1923, Gate City Bank is the region’s leading financial institution, as well as the #1 mortgage lender in North Dakota. The bank employs more than 770 team members at 43 locations in 22 communities across North Dakota and central Minnesota. The bank believes in creating a better way of life for customers, communities and team members, and it has contributed $33.5 million in philanthropic giving and more than 266,000 hours of team volunteerism since 2003. Additionally, Forbes has placed Gate City Bank at #2 in the U.S. on its list of the World’s Best Banks. The bank has also been named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” nine years in a row by Prairie Business magazine.