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Philadelphia area homeless shelters receive “Stockings of Love” from Citizens Bank

Bank employees donate more than 2,000 filled stockings

PHILADELPHIA    (December 15, 2009) - Citizens Bank announced today it is donating more than 2,000 “Stockings of Love” to assist homeless individuals and low-income families living in temporary shelters and transitional housing. The stockings are filled with personal items, particularly toiletries, hats and gloves, that were donated by Citizens Bank employees. The stockings are being distributed to homeless shelters and service agencies throughout greater Philadelphia this week.

“Citizens Bank colleagues are a caring group who like to make an impact year round, and Stockings of Love is one of our signature efforts,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank’s President and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “We know this is a tough holiday for many people and our Stockings of Love program helps bring warmth and good cheer to members of our community who are most in need.”

As part of the donation, bank employees today delivered 400 stockings to People’s Emergency Center, a comprehensive housing and service center for homeless mothers and children operating in West Philadelphia. The stockings delivered today are filled with items that are appropriate for a woman, boy or girl.

“As always, we thank Citizens Bank and its employees for its generosity during the holiday season,” said Gloria Guard, President of People’s Emergency Center. “The holidays can be a difficult time of year, so the help we get from Citizens Bank is crucial.”

Over the years, Citizens Bank’s Stockings of Love program has delivered items to thousands of homeless people in temporary shelters. The red mesh stockings are filled with items such as scarves, knit hats, gloves and socks, and trial-size toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, combs, brushes, barrettes, washcloths and soap. Shelters have indicated that these are the most frequently needed items.

“Citizens Bank is proud to help better our community, and about this time of year, our colleagues truly feel the spirit of the season. We relish the opportunity to help make the holidays a better time for the less fortunate,” Fitzpatrick said.

In addition to today’s donation to People’s Emergency Center, Citizens Bank volunteers will deliver more than 1,500 Stockings of Love to numerous non-profit organizations throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has 383 branches and 646 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 64 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $151 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches, and approximately 3,500 ATMs and approximately 22,600 employees. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com.  

About People’s Emergency Center

PEC nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. It is committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout the entire community. It provides comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, revitalizes its West Philadelphia neighborhood, and advocates for social justice.