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Laredo, TX.- During the month of December, IBC Bank-Laredo employees donated more than $6,400 to multiple local organizations including eight schools, one Head Start program, four retirement homes and five area families.

IBC employees shared Christmas joy with senior citizens at Retama Manor South, Laredo Nursing & Rehab Center, Laredo Regent Care, and Retama Manor West.

IBC employees with special guest, Santa Claus, also presented gifts to students at J. C. Martin Elementary School, Perez Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Bruni Elementary School, Zaffirini Elementary School, Lincoln Juarez Elementary School, Leyendecker Elementary School, Sanchez Ochoa Elementary School, and Aldo Tatangelo Headstart II.

Additionally, five low-income families were adopted as part of the “It’s a Brighter Christmas” program and received much-needed donations such as clothes and furniture, as well as toys for the children.

“While our dedication to the communities we serve lasts all year, the holiday season gives us a special opportunity to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those in need,” IBC Bank Chairman & CEO Dennis Nixon said.

“It’s a Brighter Christmas is one of our favorite programs and a great way to end the year on a high note.” An extension of the bank’s “We Do More” philosophy, the company began this corporate-wide initiative in 1995 as a way to help deserving families and children enjoy the holidays.

While the spirit and purpose of “It’s a Brighter Christmas” is the same corporate-wide, IBC Bank tailors its outreach to meet the most pressing needs of the local area through its Employee Advisory Board (EAB).

This unique organization, which exists in every IBC Bank market throughout Texas and Oklahoma, encourages the bank’s more than 3,000 employees and officers to engage in community service and civic involvement.

The EAB is currently celebrating its 27th anniversary. “Our EAB employees dedicate many volunteer hours to bring this program to life,” said Anselmo “Chemo” Castro, Jr., IBC Bank senior vice president and EAB corporate liaison.

“Being able to bring joy to the lives of those who might not otherwise have a Christmas and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces motivates us to organize this initiative year after year.”

Edited by: C.R.