BankRI kicks off annual Holiday Giving Tree

BankRI kicks off annual Holiday Giving Tree

PROVIDENCE – Bank Rhode Island will begin its annual Holiday Giving Tree program early in hopes of brightening the season for as many local children as possible. The signature effort, now in its 23rd year, collects gifts for underprivileged kids that are distributed by the bank’s nonprofit partners.

The program began at BankRI branches in Lincoln, Pawtucket, Smithfield and Woonsocket on Nov. 2. As a result of COVID-19, the bank has made adjustments to this year’s effort, and its branches are operating with health and safety guidelines in place to help keep customers and staff safe.

All BankRI locations are displaying a Holiday Giving Tree in their lobby, decorated with ornaments featuring the name, age, and holiday wish of a child served by that branch’s nonprofit partner. During the multi-week effort, customers and members of the community are invited to visit a branch to select an ornament and provide a gift for that child. Those interested in helping may also call their local branch to request ornament information by phone if they prefer.

Once a gift has been purchased, donors may return to their branch to deliver the unwrapped present. BankRI understands its community’s concerns amid COVID-19, and is offering alternatives to safely deliver gifts. Donors may also call their branch to schedule a curbside drop-off where bank staff will retrieve the donated present from the trunk of the vehicle. Those who wish to enter a branch to place their gift beneath the tree must wear a face covering, and will be greeted by an employee at the entrance.

Gifts collected in Lincoln will be distributed to children through the town of Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, while gifts in Pawtucket will benefit kids through Adoption Rhode Island. In Smithfield, gifts will help Tri-County Community Action Agency, and in Woonsocket they will benefit Connecting for Children & Families.

Information for BankRI’s Northern Rhode Island branches is as follows: Lincoln, 625-B George Washington Highway, 401-333-2322; Pawtucket, 499 Smithfield Ave., 401-721-0751; Smithfield, 445 Putnam Pike, 401-231-1400.

For a complete list of BankRI branches and hours of operation, visit www.bankri.com/locations .