The partnership continues as part of a county-wide service project

Rockville, MdLeadership Montgomery (LM) and M&T Bank are again partnering for their annual Holiday Giving Project, which collects and disperses toys and grocery staples to deserving families in Montgomery County. 2022 marks the ninth year that the two organizations have collaborated as part of the Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County.

Held at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center in Aspen Hill, items are displayed so that participating families can “shop” for toys and gifts. M&T employees and Leadership Montgomery members volunteer as personal shopping assistants, gift wrappers, and transporters. The goal is to offer a fun, festive, and free holiday “shopping” experience.

“This project is a great cause about which we are so passionate,” said Dana Pauley, President and CEO of LM. “Because of the pandemic, we are seeing an even greater need within our community. We are thrilled to give families a festive holiday shopping experience.”

The two organizations work from October through December to collect funds to support the purchase of toys and grocery staples. The organizations anticipate serving more than 680 children and 250 families this year.

Coordinated through The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County provides December holiday assistance to low-income families. The county-wide effort comprises a coalition of nonprofits, local governments, businesses, and faith groups who collect and distribute donations by ZIP Code. LM and M&T Bank focus their giving and collection efforts on the 20906 ZIP code, also known as the Kennedy Cluster.

This year’s Holiday Giving Distribution Day is set for December 16. For more information or to contribute to the Holiday Giving Project, visit www.leadershipmontgomerymd.org/holiday-giving.

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