“10 Days of Giving” Significantly Ahead of Last Year’s Pace

Through the end of business Thursday, Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving” was at 83,748 pounds of food collected.

The number of pounds of food collected included $40,208 in cash and 3,332 pounds of food. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. Through the same time last year, 41,642 pounds of food had been collected.

“It is a tremendous start and a wonderful total to build upon,” said Mark Metzler of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “The generosity of people in our community is truly amazing. It is gratifying to see that people are giving money because it allows the food shelf to do so much.”

This is the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” and the 40th anniversary of Winona Volunteer Services, which benefits from the Winona contributions.

Last year, 195,438 pounds of food was collected, the fourth highest total ever. The 24-year total is 2,113,685 pounds of food. The record collection was more than 250,000 pounds in 2009.

“As a community working together, we have the opportunity to do something special this year,” Metzler said. “What greater present could we give to those who need our help and to each other?”

Checks may be made payable to “10 Days of Giving.” Checks not deposited at a Merchants Bank office may be mailed to Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 248, Winona MN 55987; or Winona Volunteer Services, 402 East Second Street in Winona.

More Area Businesses and Organizations to Help with “10 Days of Giving” Fundraising Efforts

WINONA, Minn. – More area businesses and organizations are stepping up to help with “10 Days of Giving” fundraising efforts. We encourage you to take part in these opportunities and support the 25th anniversary of this wonderful food drive:

  • On Friday, from 4:30-7 p.m., the Eagles Club of Winona, 210 E. 4th Street, will host a fish fry with the help of Merchants Bank volunteers. Cost of the dinner is $8 and includes batter fried or broiled cod, baked potato or fries, coleslaw, roll and coffee. Desserts will be available. Proceeds will benefit the “10 Days of Giving.” Non-perishable food items will also be accepted.
  • From 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Westgate Bowl of Winona will donate 10 percent of its bowling sales to the “10 Days of Giving.” During the same 1-5 p.m. time frame, 10 percent of food sales to Merchants Bank employees will also be donated to the food drive.
  • On Saturday, CrossFit Warrior Risen, located in the Winona Mall, will donate the donations it receives from three classes during the day to the “10 Days of Giving.” The classes will be at 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Attendees are asked for a $5 donation to take part. Classes are geared for beginners, but are open to all levels of fitness. Attendees will spend 10-15 minutes stretching and warming up, 10-15 minutes learning the movements, and 10-12 minutes working out. Each class is limited to 20 people. For more information or to enroll, e-mail smsavat@merchantsbank.com.

Merchants Bank also will be donating 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used between November 29 and December 15, up to a total of $10,000, for area food shelves during “Swipe Out Hunger,” the Bank’s second annual Facebook Giveaway. For more information go to merchantsbank.com.

10 Days of Giving Participating Businesses

10DaysLogoTo donate to this year’s 10 Days of Giving, place the non-perishable food items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

2013 Participating Businesses:

  • A&W Restaurants
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acoustic Cafe
  • Adventure Cycle and Ski
  • Alliant Castings
  • Alterra Sterling House
  • American Legion Post 9
  • American Red Cross
  • Baker Shoes
  • Behrens Inc
  • Benchmark Electronics Inc
  • Beno’s Cheese & Deli
  • Blooming Grounds
  • Bluff Country Co-op
  • Boardwalk Tanning and Fitness
  • Bodywork Health Spa & Salon LLC
  • Bub’s Brewing Co.
  • Cars-n-Credit
  • Cha Chis Mexican Grill
  • City of Goodview
  • City of Winona – City Hall
  • City of Winona – Library
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
  • CPI Binani, Inc.
  • Cross Fit Warrior Risen
  • Crown Auto
  • Culligan Water Conditioning
  • Culver’s
  • Cytec Fiberite
  • D J Campus Floral
  • Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
  • Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
  • Dairy Queen
  • DCM Tech
  • Diocese of Winona
  • Eastwood Bank
  • Edge Church
  • Edina Realty, Inc.
  • Edward Jones
  • Engrav’s Decorating Center
  • Express Suites Riverport Inn
  • Ferrara Candy Company
  • Fastenal Company
  • First Baptist Church
  • Fleet Farm
  • Flowers On Broadway
  • Glass Replacement Company
  • Goltz Pharmacy
  • Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
  • Goodview Activity Group
  • Great River Chiropractic
  • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
  • Ground Round Restaurant
  • Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
  • Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
  • Hawkins Ash CPAs
  • Hiawatha Broadband Communications
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • HyVee
  • Intech Integrated Marketing Services
  • Kendell Lumber
  • Key Real Estate
  • K-Mart
  • Knitcraft Corporation
  • Kwik Trip Stores
  • La Boutique
  • Anova
  • Ledebuhr Meats
  • Lets Go Fishing Of MN
  • Little Ceasars Pizza
  • Manpower
  • McDonald’s
  • Mediascope
  • Merchants Bank – Downtown
  • Merchants Bank – Goodview
  • Merchants Bank – Lakeside
  • Midtown Foods
  • Miller Ingenuity
  • Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
  • Minnesota State Southeast Technical College-Tandeski Center
  • Mississippi Welders Supply Co.
  • Modern Ready Mix
  • Mugby Junction
  • Mulligan’s Pub
  • Peerless Chain
  • Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
  • Perkins Restaurant/Wry Foods of Winona
  • Pet Medical Center
  • Pieces of the Past
  • Poots Tavern
  • Plaza Hotel
  • ProBuild
  • Quality Vac & Sew
  • River Hills Dental
  • Riverstar
  • Rocco’s Pizza
  • Rogan’s Shoes
  • RTP Company
  • Russell & Associates, LLC
  • Saint Mary’s Press
  • Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant
  • Shopko
  • Sinclair’s
  • Snap Fitness
  • Sole Sport
  • Sprint
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Steak Shop Catering
  • Sugar Loaf Ford
  • Sugar Loaf Senior Living
  • Sullivan’s Supper Club
  • Taco Johns
  • Target Corp
  • Technigraph Corporation
  • The Kensington
  • Thern, Inc
  • Third Street Liquor
  • TRW
  • Volkmann Appliance Inc.
  • Walgreen’s
  • Walmart
  • Watkins, Inc
  • Watkins, Inc-Distribution Center
  • Watlow Controls
  • We-no-nah Canoe
  • WinCraft Inc
  • Winona Agency
  • Winona Community Foundation
  • Winona County
  • Winona Daily News
  • Winona Elks Lodge
  • Winona Family Dental Care
  • Winona Family YMCA
  • Winona Farmers Market
  • Winona Health – Clinic
  • Winona Health-Hospital
  • Winona Health-Lake Winona Manor
  • Winona Health-Urgent Care (Sarnia Location)
  • Winona Health-Watkins Home
  • Winona Heating and Ventilating Co
  • Winona Lighting
  • Winona National Bank
  • Winona ORC
  • Winona Rental
  • Winona Senior Friendship Center
  • Winona State – Chartwells
  • Winona State University-Bookstore
  • Winona Workforce Center
  • Wm. Miller Scrap Iron and Metal Co.
  • Xcel Energy
  • Yarnology
  • Ziebell’s Hiawatha Foods, Inc.

Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Has Started

SwipeOutHungerAppBannerWINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” campaign to benefit area food shelves has started. Merchants Bank will donate 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card is used through December 15, up to a total of $10,000.

“Swipe Out Hunger,” Merchants Bank’s second Facebook giveaway, works like this:

  • Supporters of area food shelves may vote once per day, through December 15, on the Merchants Bank Facebook page.
  • At the end of the giveaway, nominated food shelves will receive a percentage of total amount of money raised based on the percentage of votes that organization receives on Merchants Bank’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/MerchantsBank

The Food Shelves were nominated by bank locations (Bank locations making the nomination are noted in parentheses), and there were a number of locations that nominated the same organization. Participating this year are: SEMCAC Houston County Food Shelf (Caledonia and Spring Grove), Friends in Need Food Shelf (Cottage Grove), La Crescent Food Shelf (La Crescent), The Hunger Task Force (Onalaska), Channel One Rochester (Rochester), Southeast Minnesota Education & Resource Center (St. Charles), Winona Volunteer Services (Winona), 360 Communities (Lakeville), Eagan & Lakeville Resource Center (Apple Valley and Rosemount), Hastings Family Services (Hastings), Cannon Falls Food Shelf (Cannon Falls), SEMCAC in Preston (Lanesboro), SEMCAC in Rushford (Rushford), Randolph Food Shelf (Hampton) and Red Wing Area Food Shelf (Red Wing).

10 Days of Giving 2013 Schedule of Events

10DaysLogoPlease join us in the following Merchants Bank communities.
We’re collecting donations to stock local food shelves.

Caledonia
To give a gift of food, drop off items at Merchants Bank-Caledonia between December 1-10. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

We’ve made it easy with Quillin’s Foods: Purchase a pre-package grocery bag worth $5, $10, or $20 at Merchants Bank or just add a monetary donation to your bill when you check out at Quillin’s.

Cannon Falls
Change Collection – December 2-10
Your change, changes lives. Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Cannon Falls Food Shelf.

Cottage Grove
Merchants Bank-Cottage is coordinating the community’s 5th Annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the Friends in Need Food Shelf. To give a gift of food, drop off the items at Merchants Bank-Cottage Grove, or place them in the collection barrel at any Cottage Grove Area Elementary School or participating business. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

Holiday Train – Saturday, December 14 • 5:00 p.m. • CP Rail Yard, Cottage Grove
You won’t want to miss Sheryl Crow and Take 5 as they perform at this year’s Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop in Cottage Grove. The Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for Friends in Need Food Shelf. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Hampton
Change Collection – December 2-10
Your change, changes lives. Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Randolph Community Food Shelf.

Hastings
Merchants Bank-Hastings is coordinating the community’s 4th Annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the Hastings Family Service food shelf. To give a gift of food, drop off items at Merchants Bank-Hastings, or place them in the collection barrel at any Hastings Area Elementary School. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

Holiday Train – Thursday, December 12 • 4:30 p.m. • CP Depot, 500 East Second Street, Hastings
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for Hastings Family Service. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

La Crescent
Holiday Train – Tuesday, December 10, 8:45 p.m. • 215 South Chestnut St., 
La Crescent (North of the Commodore Food & Spirit)
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for La Crescent Area Food Shelf. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Onalaska
Rotary Lights – December 3 • 5:00-10:00 p.m. • Riverside Park, La Crosse,WI
Thousands of lights will light up Riverside Park with holiday magic. Walk or drive through and stop to enjoy live entertainment. Food and cash donations are accepted at the park entrance. Merchants Bank volunteers will be staffing the Rotary Lights display this night, with food and monetary donations from the evening going to WAFER – come visit us!

Red Wing
Change Collection – December 1-10
Your change, changes lives. Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Red Wing Area Food Shelf.

Spring Grove
To give a gift of food, drop off items at Merchants Bank-Spring Grove between December 1-10. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

We’ve made it easy with Red’s Hometown Market: Pick up a pre-packaged grocery bag worth $10 or $20 at Red’s Hometown Market.

St. Charles
Merchants Bank-St.Charles is coordinating the community’s 25th Annual 
“10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the Southeastern Minnesota Rural Education and Resource Center food shelf. To give a gift of food, place the items at Merchants Bank-St. Charles, or in the collection barrel at any St. Charles Area School or participating business. Monetary contributions are also accepted.

Winona
Merchants Bank-Winona is coordinating the community’s 25th Annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive to help stock the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services. To give a gift of food, place the items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Merchants Bank-Winona location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary contributions are also greatly appreciated.

The Holiday Lighted Parade – Saturday, December 7 • 5:30 p.m. • Downtown Goodview, 6th Street
Lighted and decorated barrels will be placed at Merchants Bank in Goodview and the Elk’s Lodge.  People coming to watch the Holiday Lighted Parade are invited to bring monetary gifts or non-perishable food items with them. Santa and 
Mrs. Claus will be collecting food along the parade route. Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will be served by Merchants Bank staff at the Bank on Sixth Street. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Elk’s Lodge to greet children.

Winter Carnival – Saturday, December 7 • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.• 
Merchants Bank – Downtown Winona, 102 East Third Street
Join us for lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost of the lunch is just a $5 
donation to the “10 Days of Giving” per person and includes the following: pizza lunch, one souvenir photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus per family, and five game tickets. Pizza donated by Green Mill.

Holiday Concert for the Hungry – Sunday, December 8 • 2:00 p.m.  
Winona State University Performing Arts Center
The Winona State University Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Don Lovejoy, and the Winona State University 
Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Vance, will perform their annual Holiday Concert. Residence Hall students from WSU will be collecting non-perishable food items. Admission to the concert is free with the gift of food or monetary contribution to the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive.

Holiday Train – Wednesday, December 11 • 5:15 p.m. • Winona Amtrak 
Station, Winona
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping to generate awareness for our local food shelf and collect donations for Winona Volunteer Services. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Culver’s of Winona to Donate 10 Percent of Sales on December 2 to “10 Days of Giving”

WINONA, Minn. – Culver’s of Winona will donate 10 percent of its sales between 5 and 8 p.m. on December 2 to the “10 Days of Giving.” Merchants Bank staff will be assisting Culver’s staff during this time.

“We appreciate Culver’s willingness to take part in this great food drive,” said Terry Hawkings, who serves as co-chair for this year’s “10 Days of Giving.” “We encourage you to visit Culver’s and all the other businesses who are helping to support this important event.

The “10 Days of Giving” is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has received considerable support from individuals, schools and the business community over the years.

2013 Holiday Open Houses

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Caledonia
Join us for a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We’ll have refreshments in our lobby during regular business hours.

Cannon Falls
Join us for a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cookies and refreshments will be served in our bank lobby during banking hours and we’ll have the following musical performances:

  • 9:00 a.m. — Cannon Falls High School 9th grade choir
  • 10:00 a.m. — Cannon Falls High School Flute choir
  • 11:00 a.m. — St. Paul’s School Choir
  • 1:30 p.m. — Cannon Falls High School Concert and Jazz Choirs
  • 3:00 p.m. — Holiday music featuring our own Merchants employees, John Anderson on guitar, Shelly Schroeder on flute, and Becky Clark on cello.

Hampton
Join us for a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 20 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cookies and refreshments will be served in our bank lobby. Piano music will be preformed 1:00-4:00 p.m. by Elizabeth Schriever.

Hastings
Join us for a Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

La Crescent
Join us for a Holiday Open House on December 20 & 23 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please join us for cookies, coffee and holiday spirit.

Red Wing
Join us for a Holiday Open House December 16-20 during regular hours. Refreshments will be served in our bank lobby during banking hours. There will be music throughout the day on Monday, December 16 by Merchants employees Becky Clark, John Anderson & Shelly Schroeder. Red Wing High School Ovation Choir will perform at 4:00 p.m.

Spring Grove
Join us for a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please join us for refreshments in our lobby. From 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., children may have their photo taken with Santa and can enjoy milk and cookies too!

St. Charles
Join us for a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please join us for refreshments in our lobby.

Winona
Please join us in a wonderful community tradition at Merchants Bank, as Winona area school groups fill our treasured lobby in Downtown Winona with “The Sounds of Christmas.” During our Holiday Open House, refreshments will be served in our Bank lobbies during regular business hours December 17-20. The concert schedule includes:

Tuesday, December 17
9:30 a.m. — Cochrane-Fountain City 5th & 6th Grade Choir
2:45 p.m. — Cotter High School Concert Choir

Wednesday, December 18
9:30 a.m. — Hope Lutheran High School Band and Choir
10:30 a.m. — Cochrane-Fountain City High School Chamber Choir
1:45 p.m. — Cotter Junior High School Choir

Thursday, December 19
9:00 a.m. — Cotter Junior High School Jazz Band
10:00 a.m. — St. Martin’s School Primary Choir
12:00 p.m. — Flutistry
1:00 p.m. — St. Matthew’s 7th-8th grade Choir
2:00 p.m. — Bluffview Montessori School 7th-8th grade Choir

Friday, December 20
9:30 a.m. — Ridgeway Community School Choir
11:00 a.m. — St. Stanislaus Middle School Band
12:00 p.m. — Lewiston-Altura High School Choir and Brass Band
2:30 p.m. — Winona Senior High School Concert Choir