Operation Holiday Cheer volunteers at our Omaha, NE branch

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Operation Holiday Cheer

By Jessica Gauff, Great Western Bank Branch Manager, Omaha, NE

As we sit around the table with our families and friends during this holiday season, let’s take a moment to reflect on our communities and the military families that may not be able to be together. The holiday season can be tough on many of us but our military men and women sacrifice time away from their families to serve our country.

In the Omaha/Bellevue community we have a wonderful opportunity to reach out with Offutt Air Force Base as our neighbor. For the past eight years, Great Western Bank has participated in Bellevue’s Operation Holiday Cheer. The annual event brings together community members who collect donations and send them overseas to our soldiers. The assembly line of donated items includes: popcorn, hot cocoa, cookies, and just about anything that feels like home. We want our soldiers to know that we care as a community.

This event allows us to put into action two of our core values: Do the right thing and empower locally, think globally. Doing the right thing does not always have to be elaborate and empowering locally will expand globally, especially when it comes to our military members. When the Omaha Metro branch managers participated in Operation Holiday Cheer we put our values to work. Our military friends may not be able to go home for the holidays but they received something from us in appreciation: our sincere gratitude for their service.

Please remember to thank our service men and women during this season and find a way to give back to those who are serving us.

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