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First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group Fund $10,000 Worth of Pay it Forward Ideas

First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group celebrate their fourth annual Pay it Forward Day by performing nearly 700 random acts of kindness and providing $10,000 in funding for crowd-sourced projects aimed to spread kindness to others.

“Pay it Forward Day is a treasured tradition for our organizations,” said Donald P. Hileman, President and CEO of First Federal Bank. “It gives our employees an opportunity to live out our ‘Better Together’ philosophy while empowering others in our community to do the same.”

A “Pay It Forward” is a random act of kindness that spurs others to continue the cycle of giving. After receiving over 145 submissions, First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group have selected a variety of projects to fund. A complete list of funded projects can be found at www.First-Fed.com/Pay-it-Forward.

“We were overwhelmed with the thoughtfulness of each submission. While all ideas were worthy, we recognized the unique impact that these projects could bring and are delighted to provide the opportunity for others to make a difference,” said Hileman. “As a community bank and agency, we will continue to find ways to make the places we live and work a little brighter with even the smallest acts of kindness.”

First Federal Bank will post updates to their Facebook page and website for the Pay it Forward ideas and how each of the funded projects is progressing.

The following projects will receive funding:

• “I will pay it forward by purchasing a commercial refrigerator and stove for the Believe Center in South Toledo so that they can continue to provide free, hot meals to over 2,000 children each year.” – Anne F. of Toledo, OH

•  “I will Pay it Forward by starting an entrepreneurship workshop for underprivileged boys and girls. Upon completion of the workshop, the youth will present their ideas before a panel of local business owners that will result in mentorships, internships and/or their idea being funded." - Margaret J. from Fort Wayne, IN, with help from the Euell Wilson Center

• “I would love to buy new shoes and socks for children in need and children in foster care. A lot of children have never owned new shoes. We give gently used shoes but would love to give new shoes to kids.” – Juliette S. in Fort Wayne, IN via Fostering Hope for Children, Inc.

• “I will pay it forward by organizing an event with our local Girl Scout Troup to make colorful pillowcases and fleece blankets for children in the hospital to add a little cheer.” – Beth G. in Delphos, OH

• “I will pay it forward by gathering a group of volunteers to prepare a meal for our less fortunate neighbors and give those families more time to spend with each other during the holidays.” – Dawn C. of Vanlue, OH

•  “I will pay it forward by creating welcome baskets for families that stay in the shelters provided by Housing Help of Lenawee. The welcome baskets would help give families even more of a sense of home and belonging in their time of need.” – Elizabeth S. for Housing Help of Lenawee

•  “I will pay it forward by providing laptops to teen moms at the Polly Fox Academy, to assist with their progress of graduating from high school and connecting to the career of their dreams.” – Diana P. of Lucas County through the Head Full of Dreams Initiative

• “I will pay it forward by providing care packages to at-risk/inner city girls through my mentoring program, Inspire 2 Be. This program focuses on building self-esteem and helps combat bullying.” – Brittany B. of Toledo, OH

• “I will pay it forward by purchasing cribs for 10 mothers-to-be who live below the federal poverty line.”  – Diana H. of Bowling Green, OH in partnership of Head Start and Help Me Grow Programs.

• “I will pay it forward with my first-grade students by creating fleece-tie blankets to give to Seagate Food Bank’s Project PJ. This will help teach the importance of helping others.” – Melissa B. with the students of Ayersville Elementary School in Defiance, OH



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