Critter collectibles raise funds for Red Cross disaster relief

13 years ago

By Scott Mitchell Johnson
Staff Writer

    For the 11th consecutive season, Katahdin Trust Co. held its Valentine’s Day Cute, Cuddly Critter Campaign to help raise funds for the local American Red Cross-Pine Tree Chapter disaster relief fund. All of the bank’s 14 branch offices in northern Maine displayed and sold the stuffed animals for $10 each from Jan. 10 through Feb. 14.
    “The teamwork of the staff members at Katahdin Trust Co. is fantastic. Every year, the bank’s staff is so excited to set up their displays when the critters arrive in January,” said Joyce Knorr, Aroostook County branch manager of the Pine Tree Chapter. “They have the best time showing them to their customers and community members who come in to purchase a sweet, lovable, stuffed animal.
    “And we are so appreciative to the community for making this campaign another success during tough economic times,” she said. “Both the bank’s and customers’ continued support is so valuable and certainly makes a difference in the lives of many who experience a devastating loss.”
    Proceeds from this fundraiser help the American Red Cross provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, infant supplies, medical equipment and recovery resources to local friends, neighbors and loved ones who experience a fire, flood or other disaster. These services are at no cost to the victims and are provided by generous local donations from individuals, businesses, organizations and championed fundraisers such as the Critter Campaign. The Red Cross receives no financial support from the state or federal government in providing any of their services.