Holiday. A compound derived from the words holy and day. By sheer definition holiday represents many ‘holy’ days for many religions across the globe. Holidays are an opportunity to connect to our roots, maintain traditions, and enjoy cultural foods and celebrations. It’s also a time to count blessings, remind ourselves about what’s truly important, pay it forward, give back, perhaps stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zone and help those in need. This holiday season, I was excited about the many ways First County Bank gave back to our community such as sponsoring one of the largest Cookie….Monsters ever for the annual Thanksgiving parade, volunteering at Domus Kids in Stamford to help teach financial literacy and teaming up with local businesses for the Toys for Tots toy drive. Not to mention First County Bank Foundation’s awarding of 108 grants to local nonprofits totaling more than $591,000 in 2011. One particularly notable gesture came unsolicited by our bank employees who, upon hearing that The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County was in need of turkeys for Thanksgiving, suggested we, as a bank, make a contribution. And we did. This is the very spirit and goodness I witness regularly at First County Bank that warms my heart.
As I enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of holiday spirit in lower Fairfield County, I count my blessings. Every day I give thanks for my family and friends, for the community I live in and for all my colleagues at First County Bank. It’s been said that a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. First County Bank’s skill and ability to weather the economic climate while maintaining superior customer service and community leadership is an inspiration. As a team, we have demonstrated the art of commitment, leadership, positive thinking and resilience. Everyone has put forth tireless efforts and energy to take care of our customers which in the end makes all the difference. Thank you.
Whether you plan to travel or stay home for the holidays, I wish you all a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Joyous Kwanzaa. May all your days be merry and bright.