“10 Days of Giving” Food Drive Reports 75,526 Pounds of Food Collected


Through Tuesday, Merchants Bank’s 29th annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive was at 75,526 pounds of food collected to benefit the food shelf at Winona Volunteer Services (WVS).

The number of pounds of food collected included $37,214 in cash and 1,108  pounds of food. Included in the amount was a $10,000 anonymous donation. Through the same time last year, 97,036 pounds of food had been collected. Two pounds of food are counted for each dollar collected. WVS Executive Director Sandra Burke pointed out at the food drive’s opening news conference that WVS can purchase $3 to $3.50 of food for each dollar it receives.

“Despite the warm weather early in the drive, people are in the holiday giving mood,” said Jennifer Welch of Merchants Bank, one of this year’s co-chairs. “We are thankful for all of their donations.”

Last year, 206,050 pounds of food was collected. The drive started this year with 3,045,465 pounds collected through its first 28 years. More events are scheduled throughout the week, including the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, which is scheduled to be at the Winona Amtrak Station at 4 p.m. Friday. Merchants Bank will be serving refreshments during the stop. The popular Winter Wonderland Department 56 Snow Village is open to 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 64 E. 4th Street.

“If you haven’t been to the Snow Village, it is one of those displays you don’t want to miss,” Welch said. “The Holiday Train is also great entertainment for the whole family.”

Merchants will be collecting nonperishable food items at its locations as well as at schools and participating businesses around the area. A list of participating schools and businesses is at www.merchantsbank.com/10daysofgiving. 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: http://www.winonavs.org. Indicate “10 Days of Giving” after entering your name.

Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove Launches Ninth “10 Days of Giving”


Merchants Bank is launching its ninth annual “10 Days of Giving” event in Cottage Grove to help those in need who utilize the Friends in Need Food Shelf. The event runs December 1-10.

Randy Bachman

Randy Bachman, Branch Manager in Cottage Grove

“Our goal as a Bank is to help the Friends in Need Food Shelf meet its goals to help people throughout our area,” said Randy Bachman, Branch Manager of Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove.

Last year, the “10 Days of Giving” helped to collect 15,006 items and $381 in cash donations for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. People are asked to bring toiletries and monetary donations to Merchants Bank’s at 8479 East Point Douglas Road S. Checks can be made out to the “10 Days of Giving.”

Donations can also be made at the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop, near the Sieben Bridge, in front of the Youth Service Bureau, at 5:15 p.m. December 9.

“We encourage everyone in the area to attend to enjoy the music and drop off items for the Friends in Need Food Shelf,” Bachman said.

Donations can also be made at these participating schools and school district locations: Armstrong Elementary, Cottage Grove Elementary, Cottage Grove Middle School, Crestview Elementary/Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion, District Service Center ISD 833, East Ridge High School, Grey Cloud Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Park High School, Pine Hill Elementary, Pullman Elementary, South Washington Alternative High School and the Transportation Department ISD 833.

This year Merchants will be working with Woodbury schools collecting donations and items for the Christian Covered Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS). It will be the first year for the “10 Days of Giving” in the Woodbury schools.

Merchants Bank in St. Charles Kicks Off 29th Annual “10 Days of Giving” with a $400 Donation to the Hometown Resource Center


Merchants Bank in St. Charles is kicking off its 29th annual “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, December 1-10 with a $400 donation to the Hometown Resource Center in St. Charles.

Sandra Pasche, Customer Service Representative

Sandra Pasche, Customer Service Representative

“There are many people among us who for whatever reason need our help,” said Merchants Bank’s Sandra Pasche, who is coordinating this year’s drive. “We ask those of us who have the means to consider giving so all of our holidays are better.”

The Hometown Resource Center provides assistance to those in need in the St. Charles area. Students in the St. Charles area will be asked to provide donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Additionally, individuals and businesses in the St. Charles area are being encouraged to make donations. Donations can be placed in barrels Dec. 1-10 (barrels will be picked up Monday, December 11) at these locations:

  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Merchants Bank
  • Charles Elementary School
  • Charles High School
  • Matthew Community Preschool
  • Charles Day Care

Cash donations are preferred because they allow the Hometown Resource Center to buy the products it needs the most. Monetary donations can be brought or mailed to Merchants Bank in St. Charles, 1130 Whitewater Avenue.

Merchants Bank in Hastings Takes the Lead in the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, December 1-10

10daysofgivingblogMerchants Bank in Hastings will once again partner with Hastings Family Service (HFS) and area schools to help those in need during the “10 Days of Giving” Food Drive, December 1-10.

Last year, with help from Merchants Bank, 3,421 pounds of food and $11,190 in monetary donations were collected from students and community members to help Hastings Family Service.

Much of the food is collected during the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Hastings, scheduled this year for 8:30 p.m., December 8, at the Canadian Pacific Depot, 500 East Second Street.

Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank-Hastings

Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank-Hastings

“We appreciate all donations, but we want to point out that monetary donations are the most versatile, allowing the food shelf to get what it needs most at any particular time,” said Bruce Goblirsch, President of Merchants Bank in Hastings.

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. Checks can be made payable to the “10 Days of Giving.”