Welch, Anderson Named “10 Days of Giving” Co-Chairs

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Jennifer Welch and Chad Anderson have been named co-chairs for Merchants Bank’s 2016 “10 Days of Giving”Food Drive, which runs December 1-10. The effort, which benefits food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services, will be celebrating its 28th year. To date, more than 2.8 million pounds of food have been collected.

“The participation we see from businesses, schools, individuals and others is inspiring,”said Welch, the Bank’s Events and Adventures Coordinator, who is serving her third year as co-chair. “We see many people give who have benefitted from the effort in the past. They know what it’s like to wonder if they are going to have enough to eat.”

Last year, the “10 Days of Giving”collected 231,233 pounds of food. It was the third highest total ever collected. Two pounds of food are calculated for each dollar brought in. The percentage of monetary donations keeps increasing each year.

“It is wonderful to see the community come together for a common cause,”said Anderson, a Commercial Banker, who is serving his first year as co-chair. “That includes the members of our team here at Merchants Bank. It’s truly a company effort to help make sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter.”

Through the end of 2015, 860 households used the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services each month and 73 households used the food shelf on an emergency basis each month. The average amount of food distributed each month was 35,162 pounds.

As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as at schools and participating businesses around the area. For questions, please call Welch at 457-1108 or Anderson at 457-1196. The “10 Days of Giving”will officially kick off with a press conference at 9 a.m., December 1 at Merchants Bank in downtown Winona. Monetary donations can be made out to “10 Days of Giving”and can be mailed to, or dropped off at Merchants Bank, 102 E. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987. If you would like to make a donation online, you can go directly to the Winona Volunteer Services website: www.winonavs.org. Indicate “10 Days of Giving”after entering your name.

“10 Days of Giving” Ends at 231,233 Pounds

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Final tallies put the 2015 “10 Days of Giving” at 231,233 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive’s 27-year history.

The total breaks down to $99,208 in cash and 32,817 pounds of food. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. The 27-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,839,415. The most food collected was in 2013, with just over 280,000 pounds.

“I believe through the work of everyone in the community we have gone a long way toward our goal of making sure no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Jennifer Welch, who is co-chair of the food drive. “So many of our employees worked to support and facilitate the drive. I know they are pleased with the outcome.”

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 120 businesses participated in this year’s drive. You can find a listing of this year’s participating schools and businesses here.

10 Days of Giving: Participating Businesses and Schools in the Winona Area

Thank you to the following businesses and schools for participating in the 2015 10 Days of Giving food drive. To 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 Winona Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

Schools
Bluffview Montessori School
Central Lutheran Church Child Care
Community Kids Preschool
Cotter High School
Cotter Junior High School
Goodview Elementary School
Hope Lutheran School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lewiston-Altura Elementary School
Lewiston-Altura High School
Lewiston-Altura Intermediate School
Living Light Children’s Ministry
Madison Elementary School
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Ridgeway Community School
Riverway Learning Community
Rollingstone Community School
St. Charles Elementary School
St. Martin’s Lutheran School
St. Mary’s Primary School
St. Matthew’s Lutheran School
St. Stanislaus Elementary School
Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School
Winona Area Learning Center
Winona Middle School
Winona Senior High School

Businesses
A&W Restaurants
Acoustic Cafe
Acuity Brands
Adventure Cycle and Ski
Affinity Plus
Affordable Septic Service
Alliant Castings
Altra Federal CU
American Legion Post 9
Anova
Autowerks Tire & Tune
Baby Bean
Baker Shoes
Bay State Milling
Behrens Inc
Benchmark Electronics Inc
Beno’s Cheese & Deli
Best Toy Shop
Bloedow Bakery
Blooming Grounds
Bluff Country Co-op
Boardwalk Tanning and Fitness
Brian’s Toys
Brookdale Winona
Bub’s Brewing Co.
C.D. Corporation
Cars-n-Credit
Celanese
City of Goodview
City of Winona – City Hall
Clean Sweep Chimney Service
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
Companion Animal Care Center
CPI Binani, Inc.
Cross Fit Warrior Risen
Culligan Water Conditioning
Culver’s
Cytec Fiberite
Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
Dairy Queen
DCM Tech
Diocese of Winona
Edge Church
Edward Jones
Engrav’s Decorating Center
Enlightened Equipment
Equality Die Casting
Express Employment Professionals
Fastenal Company
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Homes
Flowers On Broadway
Goltz Pharmacy
Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
Goodview Activity Group
Gordie’s BP
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
Ground Round Restaurant
Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
Hal Leonard Publishing
Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Holtan’s
HyVee
Insty Prints
Jefferson’s Pub & Grill
Jenlis
Kendell Lumber
Key Real Estate
Knitcraft Corporation
Kwik Trip Stores
La Boutique
La Crosse Mail and Print Solutions
Ledebuhr Meats
Manpower
McDonald’s “Amberwin LLC”
Mediascope
Merchants Bank
Midtown Foods
Midwest Metal Products
Miller Ingenuity
Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
Mississippi WeldersModern Ready Mix
Mugby Junction
Peerless Chain
Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
Pet Medical Center
Pieces of the Past
Plasticomp
Plaza Hotel
Plumbers Mechanical Group LLC
Quality Vac & Sew
River Hills Dental
Riverport Inn & Suites
Riverside Electronics
Riverstar
Rogan’s Shoes
RTP Company
Saint Mary’s Press
Schott Distributing
Senior Friendship Center
Sinclair’s
Snap Fitness
Sole Sport
Sprint
St. Casimir
St. Mary’s University
Sugar Loaf Ford
Sugar Loaf Senior Living
Taco Johns
Technigraph Corporation
The Kensington
Thern, Inc
TRW
Volkmann Appliance
Ward’s Riverside Cabins
Water Systems Company
Waterfront Family Dentistry
Watkins, Inc
Watlow Controls
Wellingtons Pub & Grill
We-no-nah Canoe
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass
WinCraft Inc
Winona Agency
Winona Bowl
Winona County
Winona Daily News
Winona Elks Lodge
Winona Family Dental Care
Winona Family YMCA
Winona Health
Winona Homes/Premier Homes
Winona ORC
Winona Public Library
Winona Rental
Winona Sandwich Co
Winona State University
Winona Workforce

Join Us for the 10 Days of Giving

In its first 26 years, the “10 Days of Giving” food drive has collected 2,608,182 pounds of food through monetary donations and the donations of non-perishable food items. We need your help this year to meet our goal: To collect enough food to ensure that nobody in the counties we serve will go hungry during the winter.

Please join us in the following Merchants Bank communities for events to support the 10 Days of Giving (click on a specific location for more information). Also, keep in mind that typically the best way to support your local food shelf is through cash donations because of local food shelves’ buying power. Thank you for your generosity!

Cannon FallsCottage GroveHastingsRed WingSt. CharlesWinona

Cannon Falls
December 1-10: Change Collection – Merchants Bank staff will be collecting your loose change in their lobby with the donations going to Cannon Falls Food Shelf.

Cottage Grove

  • December 1-10 – Cottage Grove will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” to benefit the Friends in Need Food Shelf. You can bring cash donations or toiletry items to Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove or any participating school or business.
  • December 10, Holiday Train
    Date/Time – Thursday, December 10 at 5:45 p.m.
    Location – South of the Sieben Bridge, in front of the Youth Service Bureau.
    Don’t miss performances by Doc Walter and Kira Isabella. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

Hastings

  • December 1-10 – Hastings will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” to benefit Hastings Family Service. Bring cash or food donations to Merchants Bank in Hastings or any participating school or business.
  • December 9Holiday Train
    Date/Time – Wednesday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m.
    Location – Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 E. Second Street.
    Don’t miss performances by Doc Walter and Kira Isabella. Santa Claus will stop by and there will be entertainment, snacks and refreshments for everyone.

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

St. Charles
December 1-10: St. Charles will be holding its “10 Days of Giving” to benefit Southeastern Minnesota Resource Center. Bring cash or food donations to Merchants Bank in St. Charles or any participating school or business.

Winona

  • December 1-10 – To give a gift of food:
    • Drop off items at Merchants Bank in Winona, Goodview or Lakeside or any participating school or business.
    • Mail a donation to Merchants Bank, 102 East Third Street, Winona, MN 55987, attn: “10 Days of Giving.”
    • Donate online by going directly to the Winona Volunteer Services website. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name.
  • December 4, Fish Fry and Bake Sale
    Time/Date – Friday, December 4 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
    Location – Winona Elks Lodge
    For only $10, get your choice of batter-fried or broiled cod, choice of baked potato or fries, coleslaw, dinner roll and refreshments. Tickets available for purchase at Merchants Bank.
  • December 5, Classic Holiday Movie Morning
    Time/Date – Saturday, December 5 at 9:45 a.m.
    Location: Winona 7 Theatre
    See the “Polar Express” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”on the big screen. Tickets available at Merchants Bank: $4/person, $20/family, 5 and under free. Concessions also available for purchase.
  • December 5, Holiday Lighted Parade
    Date/Time – Saturday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m.
    Location – 6th Street in downtown Goodview.
    Come watch the Holiday Lighted Parade and bring monetary gifts or non-perishable food items to place in barrels along the parade route. Enjoy Christmas cookies and hot chocolate will be at Merchants Bank on Sixth Street. After the parade, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Elk’s Lodge..
  • December 6, Holiday Concert for the Hungry
    Date/Time – Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m.
    Location – Winona State University Performing Arts Center
    The Winona State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Donald Lovejoy, and the Winona State University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Paul Vance, will perform their annual Holiday Concert. Admission  is free with the gift of food or monetary contribution.
  • December 7, Rocco’s Pizza Night
    Time/Date – Monday, December 7 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Location – Rocco’s Pizza in Goodview
    Rocco’s Pizza in Goodview will be donating 10% of all sales from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • December 8, Culver’s Night
    Date/Time – Tuesday, December 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Location – Culver’s of Winona
    Culver’s will be donating 10% of all sales from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • December 9, Holiday Train
    Date/Time – Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m.
    Location – Winona Amtrak Station.
    Canadian Pacific Railway’s “Holiday Train” will make a stop in Winona. Entertainment, cookies and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to make a non-perishable food or monetary donation.
  • December 9, A&W Restaurant Day
    Date/Time – Wednesday, December 9, All Day
    Location – A&W Restaurant in Winona
    A&W will be donating 10% of all sales on December 9.
  • December 10, Jefferson’s day
    Date/Time – Thursday, December 10, All Day
    Location – Jefferson’s Restaurant in Winona
    Jefferson’s will be donating 10% of all sales on December 10.
  • December 10, Santa Paws
    Date/Time – Thursday, December 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Location – Merchants Bank-Downtown Winona
    Pet lovers, get your pet’s photo taken with Santa for a $10.00 donation and a non-perishable food item.

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Welch, Birkholz Named “10 Days of Giving” Co-Chairs in Winona

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Jennifer Welch and Nate Birkholz have been named co-chairs for the 2015 “10 Days of Giving,” which runs December 1-10. They will lead Merchants Bank employees in their efforts to collect food to benefit the food shelf programs operated by Winona Volunteer Services.

“Each year we are amazed at the generosity of people in Winona County,” said Welch, who is serving her second year as co-chair. “They truly recognize others are less fortunate and do what they can to help.”

Last year, the “10 Days of Giving” collected 231,155 of food, putting the 26-year total at 2,608,182 pounds. Two pounds of food are calculated for each dollar brought in, with the percentage of monetary donations increasing each year.

“It’s been my experience that people in Winona County both recognize the need and then do all they can to meet that need,” said Birkholz, who is serving his first year as co-chair. He has been with the Merchants organization for two years and heads the Merchants Bank Trust Department. “It’s gratifying to see that sincere response and the response of my co-workers. I believe nearly every employee at Merchants Bank in Winona contributes in some way to the food drive.”

In 2014 Winona Volunteer Services had 906 households using the food shelf each month, with another 88 households per month using the emergency food shelf. In total, an average of just over 36,700 pounds of food was distributed each month.

As in the past, Merchants will be collecting at its locations as well as schools and participating businesses around the area. For questions, please call Welch at 457-1108 or Birkholz at 457-1156. The “10 Days of Giving” will officially kick off with a press conference at 10 a.m., December 1 at Merchants Bank in downtown Winona. Monetary donations can be made out to “10 Days of Giving.” Monetary donations can be mailed to, or dropped off at Merchants Bank, 102 E. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987, attn: Chad Anderson. If you would like to make a donation online, you can go directly to the Winona Volunteer Services website. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name.

220,555 Pounds Collected in Winona

10DaysofGivingEventsFinal tallies put the 2014 “10 Days of Giving” at 220,555 pounds of food, the third highest total in the food drive’s 26-year history.

The total breaks down to $94,069 in cash and 32,417 pounds of food. The two years where more food was collected were 2013, when just over 280,000 pounds of food was collected, and 2009, when just over 250,000 pounds of food was collected. For the purposes of the total, two pounds of food are counted for each dollar. The 26-year total for pounds of food collected now stands at 2,597,782.

“We are thankful for the success of this year’s drive in supplying food for Winona Volunteer Services and helping to meet our goal that no one in Winona County goes hungry this winter,” said Jennifer Welch, who is co-chair of the food drive. “It means a lot to our employees to take part and help meet the needs of the food shelf and the people it serves.”

More than 30 area schools and child-care centers and more than 150 businesses participated in this year’s drive. See photos of the schools and a listing of this year’s participating businesses.

“10 Days of Giving” is at 114,792 Pounds of Food

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Through the middle of the day on Tuesday, Merchants Bank had collected 114,792 pounds of food for the “10 Days of Giving.”

The totals include $52,773 in cash and 9,246 pounds of food. The total to date is behind last year’s record pace of 160,300 pounds of food, which was fueled by several significant anonymous monetary gifts. The number is ahead of the pace of two years ago of 98,106 pounds of food. For purposes of the calculation, each dollar counts for two pounds of food.

“Time and time again, I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in the Winona area. It’s unmatched,” said Jen Welch, who is co-chair of this year’s food drive. “We are especially gratified by the people who are first-time contributors. It is good to see how many people believe this food drive is important to this area.”

Last year, more than 280,000 pounds of food was collected and 195,438 pounds of food was collected in 2012. The 25-year total is 2,377,027 pounds of food.

There is still time to give. Merchants Bank employees and other volunteers will collect food barrels and cash cans at area schools, day-cares and businesses Thursday and Friday. The food and money collected from the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop Tuesday in Winona has not yet been included in the totals.

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.

Gifts of food may be dropped at any Merchants Bank location in Winona, Goodview or St. Charles. In addition to more than 30 area schools and child-care centers participating in this year’s Drive, there are more than 150 business collection sites throughout Winona County. View a listing of this year’s special events and participating businesses here.