Kim Madal, of Palos Hills, helps package food items collected for holiday care packages for overseas troops. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:09AM
Marquette Bank, a locally owned neighborhood bank, recently completed its seventh annual Adopt-a-Soldier Program, in which care packages are sent to troops stationed overseas and in the United States during the holiday season.
Throughout October and November, Marquette Bank collected donations from customers, employees and neighbors to be included in the care packages. More than 80 care packages were assembled and shipped to soldiers from Illinois who are stationed overseas. Their names were submitted by customers, neighbors and bank employees.
“Our Adopt-a-Soldier Program is a great (way) to show our support for the troops that are serving their country and who are on duty during the holidays,” assistant vice president Georgeanne Krueger said. “We wanted to send them something to brighten up their holidays and give them a reminder of home.”
Packages were prepared by Marquette Bank employees and included snacks, personal hygiene products, DVDs, games, calling cards and other items not readily available in combat zones. Items were collected at all Marquette Bank locations.
The bank credited several individuals and organizations from Orland Park for including handmade cards and letters in the care packages: Linda Primozic’s third-grade class from High Point School, the Champions After School Program at Centennial School, Sandbox School and the Ladies Bible Group from Parkview Christian Church.
The annual Marquette Bank Adopt-a-Soldier Program is an employee-driven effort that is part of Marquette Bank’s Neighborhood Commitment, where each quarter the bank focuses on a different area of need — shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness, according to a press release from the bank.
For more information, call (888) 254-9500 or visit www.emarquettebank.com/neighborhood.