Starion Bank announces Kindness Cash winners
May 26, 2017
On April 28, international Pay it Forward Day, Starion Bank employees across North Dakota placed more than 600 “Kindness Cash” wallets with $20 cash and instructions asking those who found the wallets to use the money to pay it forward.
“We believe it is so important for a business to give back to the community that it’s one of Starion’s core values,” explained Craig Larson, Starion CEO and chairman of the board. “Kindness Cash is a rewarding project for our employees and got each community involved. Together we inspired our neighbors to pay it forward and positively impact the lives of others.”
Wallet finders were asked to submit to the bank the story of how they paid it forward via social media or email. Those who did so by May 12 were entered into a random drawing to have $250 donated to the charity of the winner’s choice. A second drawing was held for the non-profit organizations who received Kindness Cash. The organizations were entered in a survey for the public to vote to determine which would receive a $250 donation.
The winner of the random drawing was Alicia Glynn of Ellendale. She found a Kindness Cash wallet and used $20 to buy seeds to plant vegetables and flowers in the garden at the Prince of Peace Care Center. Students from Ellendale High School helped residents plant the garden. Keeping with the “theme” of her wallet, Glynn chose to have the $250 from the drawing donated to the care center.
For the second donation, Central Dakota Humane Society of Bismarck-Mandan received the most votes, winning by just 27. A donation of $250 was made by Starion to that organization.
Many wallet finders thanked Starion Bank for the Kindness Cash project and, as one person put it, “Kindness Cash goes far beyond the monetary value!” All of the stories of how people chose to pay it forward can be found at www.starionbank.com/kindness.
Larson summed up the project this way, “Kindness Cash is one way to remind people that little things can make a big difference.”
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