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By Max Erikson

Warm Hearts in final bid stages


December 20, 2017

Max Erikson

GET YOUR BID IN: There are major prizes awaiting someone's bid at the Warm Hearts campaign at Columbia Bank. Pictured here are Kristina Hughes and Anthony Pereira

Columbia River Bank is continuing their holiday tradition of helping people in need with weekly fundraisers as part of their "Warm Hearts Winter Drive" that financially helps the Washington Gorge Action Programs (WGAP). Funds raised are specifically used for the WGAP housing programs.

WGAP housing programs assist people who are experiencing homelessness and provides emergency shelters throughout the year, and that service is especially critical during the cold winter months.

Last week was the soup fundraiser at Columbia River Bank that featured several different soups ranging from split pea to elk stew. Personal Banker Toni West says it is a group effort and it all goes to a good cause.

"We all help put it together, and we do it to help out as much as possible," West says.

So far this holiday season Columbia Bank has done a donut and hot chocolate fundraiser, a bake sale, and a sock drive with the Goldendale schools and will have a silent auction as the final fundraiser for the year.

Thursday, Dec. 14 will be the last day to put your bid in for the silent auction, and Personal Banker Kristina Hughes says there are some big ticket items that people should know about.

"We have donations for a septic service from Bishop's and an eight person tasting and a tour certificate from Maryhill winery," Hughes says. "We also have a standard portrait package from Golden Photo, and one-tone of alfalfa hay donated by Cameron Brothers Farms for our silent auction," Hughes says.

Once all the money from the fundraisers is counted, Columbia Bank will present a check to WGAP sometime in the early part of 2018.

"Our goal is to reach $5,000 this year and we are getting close," Hughes says. "And we just got 179 pairs of socks from the Learning Ladder Daycare, and expect a lot more when the schools finish with their sock drive."

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) there are an estimated 36,000 homeless people across the Northwest including families with small children.

For those interested in donating to the Warm Hearts Winter Drive visit the website at or stop in at Columbia River Bank at 202 W Main and drop off donations there.


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