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.

McDonald’s to Donate Portion of Sales of Real Fruit Smoothies and Frappes to “10 Days of Giving”

WINONA, Minn. – McDonald’s of Winona will donate 10 cents for each Real Fruit Smoothie and Frappe it sells at its three Winona locations December 1-10 during the “10 Days of Giving,” according to Steve Kosek of McDonald’s of Winona.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to support this important community initiative,” Kosek said.

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.

“McDonald’s is a generous supporter every year. We’re happy that they have decided to make this added contribution this year,” said Mark Metzler, who serves as co-chair of this year’s “10 Days of Giving.”

Fifth Annual “10 Days of Giving” in Cottage Grove

Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove Launches Fifth Annual “10 Days of Giving;” “Swipe Out Hunger” Will Also Benefit the Friends in Need Food Shelf

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. – Merchants Bank is launching its fifth annual “10 Days of Giving” event to help those in need. The event officially runs December 1-10, although it does extend through the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train and Sheryl Crow’s concert, scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, December 14.

“We hope that people will take a few minutes out of their busy lives to enjoy Sheryl Crow and the Holiday Train and help those people who are less fortunate,” said Randy Bachman of Merchants, who serves on the Holiday Train committee.

This year, in addition to the “10 Days of Giving,” Merchants Bank is helping nominated local food shelves through “Swipe Out Hunger,” where Merchants is donating a nickel to those nominated food shelves, up to a total of $10,000, every time a Merchants Bank debit card or credit card is used between November 29 and December 15. The Friends in Need Food Shelf was nominated by Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove to benefit from “Swipe Out Hunger.”

Supporters of the Friends in Need Food Shelf can vote once a day, Nov. 29-Dec. 15, at the Merchants Bank Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MerchantsBank. At the end of the giveaway, Hastings Family Service will receive a percentage of the total amount of money donated to “Swipe Out Hunger” based on the percentage of votes it receives on Facebook.

Cottage Grove has been a highly successful stop for the Holiday Train with the Friends in Need Food Shelf benefitting from generous contributions of non-perishable food items, toiletries and money. Attendees are encouraged to bring toiletries and cash donations this year as well.

Area residents are encouraged to bring cash donations and non-perishable food items to the Holiday Train and to Merchants Bank, 7200 East Point Douglas Road S, as well as participating businesses and South Washington County schools.

Merchants Bank in Hastings Kicks Off “10 Days of Giving;” “Swipe Out Hunger” to Help

HASTINGS, Minn. — Merchants Bank in Hastings will partner again this year with Hastings Family Service (HFS) and area schools to help those in need during the “10 Days of Giving” food drive, December 1-10.

This year, in addition to the “10 Days of Giving,” Merchants Bank is helping nominated local food shelves through “Swipe Out Hunger,” where Merchants is donating a nickel to those nominated food shelves, up to a total of $10,000, every time a Merchants Bank debit card or credit card is used between November 29 and December 15. Hastings Family Service was nominated by Merchants Bank in Hastings to benefit from “Swipe Out Hunger.”

Supporters of Hastings Family Service can vote once a day, November 29-December 15, at the Merchants Bank Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MerchantsBank. At the end of the giveaway, Hastings Family Service will receive a percentage of the total amount of money donated to “Swipe Out Hunger” based on the percentage of votes it receives on Facebook.

For the past several years, students from around the Hastings area and community members collected food and money for those in the area who are less fortunate. Much of the food is collected during the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Hastings, scheduled this year for 4:30 p.m., December 12, at the Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 East Second Street.

“People in our area are generous and that is a great benefit to people who have a need,” said Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank in Hastings. “Hastings Family Service does a tremendous job, and we are very happy to support its efforts.”

Area residents are encouraged to drop off monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the “10 Days of Giving” at Merchants Bank in Hastings, 1525 Vermillion Street. The Hastings bank is one of 20 Merchants Bank community banking locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Merchants just announced that has come to an agreement with Alliance Bank to purchase an Alliance location in Eau Claire, Wis. That sale is pending regulatory approval. Merchants Bank is a member FDIC.

10 Days Of Giving: The need continues

Greg Evans

Greg Evans

Written by Greg Evans for the Winona Daily News

For each of the past 25 years, the first 10 days of December have been treated as special at Merchants Bank and throughout the Winona community. It has become an extraordinary tradition for the entire community to embrace a spirit of collaboration and giving that far exceeds the expectations established when the idea for the “10 Days of Giving” food drive was hatched in 1989.

As the recently-hired marketing coordinator for Merchants Bank at the time, I became aware of the inability for Winona Volunteer Services to keep and adequate supply of non-perishable items on its emergency food shelves to meet the needs of people who were going hungry throughout Winona County. I was stunned. Growing up in Winona, I never saw a visible sign of hunger in our community. It shouldn’t be that way in a community as richly blessed as Winona.

Fundamental to Merchants Bank is the responsibility to step up as a community leader when there is a need to be met. I knew of an emergency food drive initiative coordinated by WGN-TV/Radio for the city of Chicago. I wondered aloud to the bank’s executive management team led by Pete Roehl if it would be possible for the bank to make something like that happen in Winona. Clearly, it was more than simply possible.

The partnership between Merchants Bank and Winona Volunteer Services that began modestly in 1989 has now grown to include virtually every viable institution throughout the community. “10 Days of Giving” has become its own brand, standing on its own because it symbolizes all that is truly special about my hometown. When there is a need, Winonans roll up their sleeves and help other Winonans.

As “10 Days of Giving” has grown beyond anybody’s expectations, you have helped feed hundreds of needy people throughout Winona County. And, unfortunately, the need for the services provided by Winona Volunteer Services continues to grow. As the community celebrates this, the 25th year of the “10 Days of Giving” food drive, please take pride in knowing your participation has provided emergency relief for hundreds of Winona Volunteer Services clients who remain virtually invisible to most of us. More importantly, give generously again this year at any Merchants Bank location, participating businesses or Winona Volunteer Services so that nobody in Winona County will go hungry this winter.

Greg Evans is Regional President of Merchants Bank — Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing

25 years, 250 Days of Giving

10DaysCoChairsWritten by Terry Hawkings and Mark Metzler

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Merchants Bank’s “10 Days of Giving,” we thank you for your generosity in helping those in need. We’ve been successful in providing more than 2.1 million pounds of food over the first 24 years of the “10 Days of Giving.” The accomplishments are great, but the need remains strong.

Take a look at these numbers:

  • In 2012, 4,374 different people were helped by the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services.
  • On average, 2,111 people and 941 households were served each month at Winona Volunteer Services
  • On average, 257 individuals and 111 households were served with emergency food from Winona Volunteer Services
  • On average 35,712 pounds of food were distributed each month
  • Of the people who received food, 36 percent were employed, 47 percent receive government benefits, and 9 percent have no income

Winona Volunteer Services, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has incredible buying power. Each dollar given to Winona Volunteer Services can buy a great deal of food. For instance, in July of 2013, 35,783 pounds of food was purchased from the Channel One Food Bank for distribution. The average cost of each pound distributed was $1.04. Given this buying power, we ask that you seriously consider giving a monetary donation to this year’s “10 Days of Giving” food drive. It will have more of an impact for more people.

So, what can you do to help make sure that no one in Winona County goes hungry? We ask that you join by giving what you can.

You can bring your monetary donation or donation of non-perishable food items to any Merchants Bank location.

You may also feel free to send a check to Merchants Bank, ATTN: 10 Days of Giving, 102 E. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987. Merchants Bank is a Member FDIC.

You may also donate directly on the Winona Volunteer Services website at http://www.winonavs.org.

At this time of year it is easier to remember people are less fortunate than us, but hunger remains throughout the year, and it is important to remember that contributions from the “10 Days of Giving” help to meet that need for a significant part of the year.

Thank you again for your past support. We look forward to your contributions in making the 25th anniversary of the “10 Days of Giving” memorable for our community, and more importantly, for those who need our help.

Terry Hawkings and Mark Metzler are co-chairs of the 2013 10 Days of Giving campaign.