Citizens Bank today announced it has presented nearly 2,000 pairs of socks to Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker for the Wonderfund, a nonprofit organization serving children through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, vice chair of the Wonderfund, accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.
“The positive impact that the Wonderfund has on children served by the DCF is immeasurable,” said Jerry Sargent, Citizens Bank’s Massachusetts president. “Wonderfund does incredible work with children in emergency situations throughout the Commonwealth, and we are proud to help contribute to this important organization and its mission.”
More than 40,000 children are served by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families with 8,000 in foster care, 2,000 in residential care and more than 30,000 living with their families. Wonderfund helps provide children with the means to be clothed, fed, cared for and allowed to experience opportunities that other children routinely enjoy.
“On behalf of everyone at the Wonderfund, our founding partners, our supporters, and most importantly the children we serve, we are so grateful to Citizens Bank for this generous contribution that will help bring comfort to our most vulnerable children at a difficult moment in their lives,” said Baker. “Through the Wonderfund, Citizens Bank is making a positive, life-changing difference for kids in every city and town in the Commonwealth.”
Children in DCF often do not have basic essentials, which is why Citizens worked with the Wonderfund to focus on sock contributions. Citizens employees were able to make their donations during the bank’s Massachusetts town hall meeting in June 2017.
The nonprofit works with a community of partner organizations, corporations, and individuals to ensure that every child receiving services from Massachusetts DCF also has access to enrichment opportunities and critical emergency and transitional aid.
Citizens’ donation is part of the bank’s Citizens Helping Citizens program, which addresses four key areas: hunger, strengthening communities, financial literacy and volunteerism. Get more information about Citizens Bank’s community initiatives online.