“Who deserves Christmas?”
That’s my motorcycle parked at Liberty Bank on Washington St. on a recent Friday afternoon. It’s a bit old (like its owner), being manufactured in 1985. Also like its owner, it manages to start and get around pretty well, but with a little more complaining and maintenance.
I was there because I needed some cash…those are the green and white paper bills I use when I don’t remember which of my kids has my debit card nor why. I walked in to the Washington Street branch of Liberty Bank and right in the middle of the lobby was a table, beautifully arranged with food donated by Liberty Bank customers. Slipping on my glasses, I read that the recipient of the donated food will be SVDM’s very own Amazing Grace Food Pantry.
Hold on! I work at St. Vincent de Paul Middletown. So how come I didn’t know about this? The teller tells me that each branch of Liberty Bank chose a project like this In June to benefit the community it serves. This branch chose us! They weren’t asked by us. We didn’t reach out to Liberty Bank, they just decided to do good in the community by collecting food for a food pantry that serves the increased summer need for food by local families.
Is there such thing as a good bank or a bad one? Probably, but that question is above my paygrade. I can say, however, that Liberty Bank has been a great community partner year in and year out. They don’t have to be asked to work on social issues which challenge our community to be better. They do something.
So if you happen upon that old motorcycle with an even older rider parked in front of a Liberty Bank one day, you’ll know why. They deserve my business.