Patients and their families at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital were gifted blankets and hats at the end of May thanks to the goodwill of more than 70 Key Bank employees from 10 branches in the South Sound region.
The branches, which included three in Puyallup and South Hill, participated in Key Bank’s 25th annual Neighbors Make a Difference Day.
“It’s a way that we can give back to the community and show that we like to volunteer and help out in our neighborhood,” said Theresa Portmann-Tillman, the vice president branch manager of the South Hill Willows branch. “It was a group effort, and it was a lot of fun.”
Other branches helping in the effort were from Federal Way, Bonney Lake, Orting, Graham, Fife and Parkland.
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The 25th annual Neighbors Make a Difference Day taking place on May 13, united more than 6,000 Key Bank employees in 13 states from Maine to Alaska.
During the past 25 years, Key Bank employees nationwide have donated 500,000 volunteer hours through the Neighbors Make a Difference Day.
“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our nonprofit neighbors for the good work they do,” said Derek Whaley, a Puyallup branch manager. “Building a thriving community is a collective effort, and we’re excited to roll up our sleeves for our neighbors.”
Portmann-Tillman said a total of 19 blankets and 14 hats were handcrafted by Key Bank employees and donated to the Good Samaritan Foundation at the end of May, who then distributed them to patients and families at the hospital.