Workers’ gift lifts hurricane victims
Joan Padgett said that when employees of Citizens National Bank watched and saw the horrors created by Hurricane Katrina, they had to act.
Then came Hurricane Rita, and the need grew even more.
This week, bank employees presented a check for $11,305 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.
"All of us watched our televisions as this unfolded," said Padgett, human resources officer for the bank, which has offices at 601 N. Main St. in Lansing and 601 Delaware St. in Leavenworth. "Several employees were trying to drum up ideas for some way to help. It was decided that we, as an organization, should pull together and see what we could do."
What they did was launch a two-week drive among the bank's 64 employees in Lansing, Leavenworth and Citizen's branches in Belleville, Concordia, Clay Center and Green Leaf.
"The employees wanted to do something," Padgett said. "We as an organization wanted to do something."
Though there are many charitable organizations assisting hurricane victims, Padgett said the Citizens employees chose the Red Cross for two reasons.
"One, because it is an established organization. And two, because it is in the best position to utilize the funds where they are needed most," she said.
In its latest report on disaster funding, the Red Cross said it had spent $1.36 billion through Oct. 12 for relief activities related to the hurricanes. In all, the Red Cross said it expected to spend more than $2 billion helping more than 3.7 million hurricane survivors.
The Red Cross said more than 91 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to assist disaster victims.