Throughout November, all eight Cattaraugus County Bank locations will display red wagons.
The red wagon is the national symbol of America's Promise, a nationwide program that focuses on improving the lives of America's youth. The wagons will serve as depositories for public donations of new hats and mittens.
Local groups and schools will receive and distribute the donations.
Cattaraugus County Bank joined America's Promise in 1999 and is helping to ensure that children receive the five resources the organization believes children need in order to become productive adults. The five resources are:
An ongoing relationship with a caring adult-mentor;
Access to safe places & structured activities during non-school hours;
A marketable skill through effective education;
An opportunity to give back through community service
"It's getting to be the time of year when the thought of keeping warm with a good hat and pair of mittens is at the forefront of our minds," said Mary Jo Woodarek, Cattaraugus County Bank America's Promise chair.
"We don't want any child to be cold this coming winter. It's as simple as that. Some families need help and CCB is pleased to take the initiative to do that. So, we ask, can you help a child by donating hats and mittens?"