The Warm Hearts Winter Drive raised $209,335.96 and received 8,140 items for 54 homeless shelters across the Pacific Northwest.

Columbia Bank, in its second year of the effort, donated the clothing and money collected to organizations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. In Oregon, $59,500.55 in donations were raised to benefit local organizations, including to Neighbor to Neighbor Pendleton.

The financial institution established the Warm Hearts Winter Drive in 2015 to assist nonprofit organizations in providing warmth to individuals, families and children in need. Philanthropy and community engagement lie at the heart of what it means to be a community bank, and that’s why Columbia Bank is committed to such programs, said Makenna Huck for Columbia Bank.

“The Warm Hearts Winter Drive was created to benefit the growing number of people who are impacted by homelessness and are struggling to receive essential services during our cold and rainy winter months,” said Melanie Dressel, Columbia Bank president and CEO.

Bank employees, customers and the community rallied together to raise awareness of the growing issue and make a real difference, she added.

After launching the project in 2015, Columbia Bank received regional and national honors, including the American Bankers Association Foundation’s George Bailey Distinguished Service Award and a Community Impact Award from Seattle Business Magazine.

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