This holiday season, Bank of Utah partnered with businesses across the state to bring joy to more than 200 children, many of whom have severe illnesses and medical needs. Employees and customers generously opened their hearts and wallets to fulfill the children’s Christmas gift wishes, listed on “giving tree” ornaments in each of the bank’s 18 full-service locations.

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Bank of Utah was one of several businesses that joined in the efforts to help Children and the Earth, a Utah nonprofit, collect and distribute the gifts. Holmes Homes, a Utah homebuilder, even stepped in to shop for all the unclaimed ornaments to ensure every child on the list received their wish gift.

"To see the generosity of our community who took the time to personally shop and buy a gift for someone in need was heartwarming. I'm so delighted with the outcome!" said Jillian Weadock, vice president, treasury management relationship team leader at Bank of Utah.

Weadock was inspired to join the gift drive after visiting with her customer Jodie Turner, vice president of Eagle Electric in Sandy, who has organized the event for the past five years.

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"Every kind gesture brings joy ..."

Turner explained how Children and the Earth’s giving tree event helps children make memories with their families through Christmas gifts. “For some children, this will be their last Christmas,” she said. “Every kind gesture brings joy and treasured memories to these families. An employee from the St. George branch even drove some gifts up early.

As branches filled with gifts, employees and customers alike loved watching the spirit of giving to children who have heavy burdens to carry.

“It has been special to watch this project unfold,” said Bank of Utah President Branden Hansen. “The generosity of our customers and employees has lifted my spirits this holiday season and I have noticed the impact it has had on all those who have participated. This is the time of year to give and I have seen that in a big way this year."

Children and the Earth not only provides gifts at Christmas time, but also works throughout the year to improve the lives of families caring for children with disabilities. Their projects include home improvements and wheelchair accessibility, as well as granting wishes for children with terminal illnesses.

From everyone at Bank of Utah, thank you, again. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of others.