Columbia Bank Launches “Warm Hearts” Drive

For more than 34,000 people in the Northwest, living on the streets is a fact of life. Last fall, King County, Seattle, and Portland all declared states of emergency in order to dedicate resources to a growing homeless population.

Columbia Bank wants to help the thousands of homeless people on the street in the Northwest. All 149 branches are collecting cash and clothing donations for the homeless as part of the Warm Hearts Winter Drive. Bring donations of cash, hats, coats, and winter gear to branches in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

The drive is on through Jan. 31.

The goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of the drive, and the bank is already halfway to the goal with more than a month to go, a spokesperson said.

“It is our hope the Warm Hearts Winter Drive will provide assistance to those struggling with homelessness in our own backyard,” Melanie Dressel, president and CEO of the bank, said in a release.

One hundred percent of donations and contributions will be given directly to organizations and shelters near the donation site.

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