Thanks to the Lend a Hand program, sponsored by DMB Community Bank, thousands of dollars were recently donated to students in the DeForest Area School District in the form of gift certificates, field trip funds, and school lunches.
Each year the bank hosts this program to help students get the things they need to succeed in school. During the month of September school staff identify items needed by students. Then throughout October, DMB Community Bank locations display a “handprint” for each request. Community members purchase the items and drop them off at either of the bank locations. The items are then delivered to the schools.
“We appreciate DMB Community Bank’s generosity and effort in helping our students,” said Debbie Brewster, School/Community Relations Coordinator for the school district.” According to Brewster, over $7,000 worth of lunch and field trip funds, school supplies, and gift certificates for basic necessities were donated this year
Rhonda Gilbertson, who coordinates the program at DMB, said that an anonymous donor contributed $2,500 and DMB donated $1,700 to make sure all “hands” were fulfilled. Both have made these types of contributions the last few years.
Colleen Dederich, 4th grade teacher at Windsor Elementary School, appreciates the community’s generosity. “I am so grateful to all of the people who help with this project and to the anonymous donor and to the bank for contributing to such an extremely worthy cause. I handed out gift cards, hats, scarfs, and mittens to families at conferences this week. They were so appreciative. We have such a giving community in DeForest,” said Dederich.