With crisp air and colors on the trees, we know another year is soon behind us. But first, we gather to celebrate, count our blessings and reflect. Thanksgiving is unlike any other holiday we celebrate. It’s a day to gather with those we love and the friends we hold dear; a day to share a meal and to share each other’s company.
Whether your Thanksgiving celebration is near or far, large or small, we at Regents Bank wish you a wonderful day, filled with cheer and the warmth of the holiday season.
Imagine struggling so much that providing basic necessities for your family precludes being able to buy your children gifts for Christmas. A small purchase to some can mean the world to others. As we celebrate the time of year when we have so many opportunities to provide for those less fortunate, we hope you’ll consider brightening a child’s Christmas morning by helping with our Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree gift drives.
In the spirit of the holidays, Regents Bank’s San Diego offices are welcoming our staff, clients and friends to contribute now through Wednesday, December 16 at our Vista and Escondido offices and through today at our downtown and La Jolla offices.
At our Escondido and Vista offices, you’ll find Angel Trees with gift tags for specific requested gifts. The requests come from hundreds of San Diego children, ages infant to 12 years old, who would otherwise have no gifts to open this holiday season. Families in need that sign up for the program must meet Federal minimum poverty guidelines to qualify.
Each angel on our trees has the name, age, gender and gift request of a child in need. You can “adopt” a child and purchase their (unwrapped) Christmas gift wish to deposit in the barrel we have displayed onsite.
Our La Jolla and Downtown offices are hosting similar gift drives based on a list of suggested items from the Salvation Army. The general drives help the Salvation Army complete family packages for the holidays. Gifts for “tweens” are most needed since they are the ones who are chosen the least from the Angel Trees. Again, please do not wrap the gift.
According to the Salvation Army, gifts that interest boys in the tween age group are: Legos, remote controlled toys, athletic balls (soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, basketballs), skateboards, building sets, clothes, watches and electronic items. Tween girls appreciate: hair tools, hair accessories, nail supplies, make-up, jewelry, art sets, journals, CDs, DVDs, toiletry sets (body wash, lotions, body mists, etc.), scooters, Polaroid cameras (instant cameras) and stationery sets. Of course, any items for all ages will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.
Please feel free to contact your Regents banker or the main telephone line at any of our San Diego-area offices if you have any questions about our Salvation Army gift drive. Thank you in advance to those who plan to contribute. Merry Christmas to all!
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Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a celebration of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. So, if you’ve been working hard, enjoy this holiday, made just for you!
Thanksgiving Day offers each of us the opportunity to reflect on our lives and upon all that for which we are grateful. It is a day unique in its simplicity of purpose and joyous spirit; no wonder it is one of our nation’s most beloved holidays. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared the first national Thanksgiving Day, recognizing that even in the darkest times we are blessed.
This Thanksgiving, it is especially appropriate to remember the words of President John F Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
From all of us at Regents Bank, thank you. We are grateful for your allowing us to be a part of your lives, and wish you, your families and friends a very happy Thanksgiving.