Law enforcement has taken heat nationally. But locally, residents and businesses are showing their gratitude to local police departments.
FNB Community Bank and its customer raised more than $8,700 for local agencies through their #backtheblue campaign.
“We wanted to something other than drop off a dozen donuts,” said Bill Croak, FNB President and CEO. “We want to help them buy equipment. And we wanted their family and spouses to know the community supports them.”
Throughout the month of August, FNB sold paper police badges for a $1 donation. The badges were hung inside each of the branches to show support for law enforcement. The bank also provided matching funds for the project. All donations were given to local police to buy equipment for their officers.
The project raised a total of $8,711 for police in communities served by FNB Bank.
“I’m really pleased with the support and proud of our staff for organizing this,” Croak said.
Last week, FNB employees presented checks to police in Midwest City, Del City, Choctaw, Harrah and Moore. A donation was also given to Tinker Air Force’s 72nd Security Forces.
The #backthebadge project is part of FNB’s commitment to the community. The bank supports local schools, and many community and civic organizations. The staff ramped up their efforts with the new FNB Cares campaign. Croak said they are organizing a project for Pastor Appreciation Month in October with similar plans to help teachers and firefighters in the future.
“We don’t have any specifics for the other projects yet, but we want to reach out to the pastors next,” Croak said.